Wine Wisdom

The ’09 Castello di Montespertoli Riserva Chianti a superbly refined choice

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Roger Gentile
By ROGER GENTILE
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The 2009 Castello di Montespertoli Riserva Chianti is a fruit-forward wine from Castello Sonnino.

Today, the place is owned by the Sonnino family but in 1393 it was the Machiavelli family that called the castle home. Baron Alessandro de Renzis Sonnino now oversees the wine, food, restaurant and myriad family members who live there. In truth, I am trying to get him to Ohio for a wine dinner as he is charming, and a wonderful ambassador for his wine.

I found this red, a blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon, to be quite fruitful, with notes of tar and cherry on the nose. It is in no way a rustic Chianti. It’s much more refined than that and shows off the high quality of the 2009 vintage.

I would not age this for more than five years, and for my money I would drink the stuff as it is already five vintages old, though just released. Aged in both barriques and large barrels, wood is not part of this proposition. This is a great pasta, steak and pork wine. The price is $15 a bottle and if your favorite wine place doesn’t have it, ask the manager to call 55 Degrees in Columbus.

 

Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.

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