Villa Montignana 2010 "Montignana" Chianti Classico Riserva
Chianti Riserva sourced from 40 year old vines - a smooth, ripe, velvety Italian beauty.
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Bit of a heartbreaker ...
Got this because Cam's writeup was so enthusiastic, and I hadn't had a substantial and real-Italian Chianti for a while. So I bought a case of it. Y'know, the taste is nothing special, the acidity not particularly pleasant; at least it's well aged. But nothing that I'd choose to repeat, and like reviewer Bruce, I think this one was praised too highly. I know the business is selling wine, but I'd urge a bit more caution, so we who believe don't get sucked in!
There are some really good Chianti Reservas available for under $20. This is not one of them. It pours dark and drinks okay, but lacks any complexity. I buy Chianti Reserva for under $10 that is better than this. Were it not for the bottle I don't think I would have known it was a Chianti. The best I can say for it is there were no "off" flavors. Drinkable, but completely unremarkable.
Great nose leading to a wonderful finish. Full bodied with a nice oaky tint. Love d it!
Opened it for some dinner guests and everyone raved about it. I told everyone it was one of my special picks . . . but then confessed that that's why I'm a member of a wine club . . . I let CH do the pickin'.
Swing and a miss.
Nothing redeeming about this wine. Perhaps too long in the bottle. Love ya Cam. Don't love this.
I really enjoyed this Chianti Classico Riserva. I thought it was an excellent expression of Sangiovese, without any grassy notes that you might expect at this price point.
Cam Does Italy
Decant and let it breath for an hour. Opens nicely. Paired very well with a hearty Italian dinner, as it should. I have enjoyed the Italian offers from Cam in recent months, which have included the Malvasia Bianca, Barollo, Barbaresco, and this Chianti.
I am not a huge Chianti fan. I like my reds a little “fatter”.
This one is a little better than average.
Needs a good decant!
This wine becomes a really good Chianti after a four hour or more decant. It is really good with or without food.
This wine was really oversold in the tasting notes. Could have bought an Italian red that tasted like this for under $20 in any wine store. For $16 it's hard to be upset, but I'm sticking with the normal "LOT" series vs these closeouts from other producers.