Friday, September 9, 2016

Fattoria Monsanto Fabrizio Bianchi 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva

Fattoria Monsanto Fabrizio Bianchi 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva, $15.29-$19.99, 90 points,  poured a bright ruby trending pomegranate red toward the broad clear wine ring at the leggy glass edge.
Aromatic cherries and flowers with a hint of marzipan were excellent.
Medium-plus bodied with good acidity and a supportive underlayment of tannin managed well the flavors of cherries, plum, truffle, licorice, and dried cooking herbs.
Finished long on warm spices, pomegranate, and a sweet-spot 14% alcohol.
Paired fine with my sauced cover baby-back ribs; dessert was milk and dark chocolates, of which I thought the milk was a better pairing.


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  1. Sounds very quaffable. Funny, I don't like marzipan (everyone else in my family does), but I do like the smell of it and think it would be quite pleasing combined with the other aromas you mention.

    1. VG: Though there was a hint on the nose, there was none on the palate, at least not to me; ferretting-out descriptors can be a broadly variable experience. If you were to examine the various descriptor of the Anselmi 2013 San Vincenzo (Garganega)on CT you'd be amazed (maybe underwhelmed).