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Wine of the Week: Castello di Monsanto August 9, 2010

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Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top producers of traditional Chianti Classico Riserva. Located midway between Florence & Siena, the estate lies on the westernmost edge of the Chianti Classico zone, one of the best areas for Chianti. The estate itself is a landmark, with its distinctive hilltop castle.  The name “Monsanto” itself was taken from the name of the village where the cellars are located.  Fabrizio Bianchi – a successful Milanese manufacturer – purchased the Monsanto estate in 1961.  Captivated by Tuscany’s beauty and convinced of the property’s winemaking potential, Bianchi undertook a complete restoration of the vineyards, winery and villa.

Monsanto II.jpgBeing ahead of the times has always been a prerogative of Castello di Monsanto, from the very first challenge, the creation of a Chianti Classico cru, to the elimination of white grapes from the Chianti Classico mixture dating back to 1968. In 1986, the new barrique cellar was started.  A 250-metre (820 feet) tunnel was excavated.  It linked the new winery with the original cellars dating back to 1740.  Then, In 2001 Laura and Fabrizio Bianchi decided to cooperate with an oenologist.  Andrea Giovannini is the name of the winemaker who, besides having an extensive experience in this field, also shares with Fabrizio and Laura the same philosophy both for what concerns the vineyard and the wine.

Special Offering:
Monsanto Monrosso Chianti, 750ml “The Chianti Monrosso is the youngest wine in all the production. Very fruity, fresh with medium body is produced in the vineyards that the Bianchi Family has in the area of Chianti Colli Senesi, After a 12 day maceration of the grape skins, the wine ismatured in Slavonian oak barrels for about 6 months.” Excerpt from castellodimonsanto.it. Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations  Sale Price $13.99!  Save $1.00

Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva, 750ml. “Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva is a 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino blend aged for 24 months in oak plus 6 months in bottle creating a medium ruby color. It has a sweet scent with ripe, warm cherries and notes of dry earth and tobacco, and an elegant palate full of bright cherry and berry fruit, dry, ripe tannins and great acidity making it a perfect wine for food!” Excerpt from mhusa.com. Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations  Sale Price $19.99!  Save $5.00


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