Fattoria Monsanto Fabrizio Bianchi 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva, $15.29-$19.99, 91 points, begins in the glass as a bright ruby red that transitions from near opaque toward clear at the glass rim.
The nose is profuse flowers and earth, toasty black cherry and espresso.
A near full body carries mouth-watering acidity and tight tannin, bright red fruit flavors, pomegranate, red cherry, and strawberry, but hints of licorice, tobacco, and espresso with dry green herbs add a fine silky complexity. Overall flavor is very good, and is a stand-alone wine or great with saucy Italian cuisine.
With a touch of heat (14% alcohol), and a long spicy finish with a hint of plum, this Chianti sings!
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