The 2008 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG has great balance, Wine Wisdom author Roger Gentile says.

Finding consensus on what's constitutes a good wine isn't easy.

You see, I have hired a number of new employees, who are required to learn about the wines we offer. Tough gig, I know.

While we might disagree on some selections, we came to a unanimous conclusion on the 2008 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG: It's spectacular.

This wine ($25 a bottle) is rich with aromas of red cherries and herbs, and even a smoky nuance. The mouth is a real delight with balanced tannins, great depth and a spicy red fruit rush that was simply haunting.

To be sure, Monsanto has been in The Wine Spectator's Top 100 of the Year two of the last three vintages. My expectations were high, so I thought it was going to be good, but this wine is close to great.

Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile's, the Wine Sellers – – and the author of two books on wine.