Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2013 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva did not wow in a side-by-side battle of every day wines. It does have some decent cherry fruit on the palate and some woodsy underbrush and dried herb notes, but the acid seems slightly off and shrill. At $18 this is too expensive for what it is and lacks some typicity in my book. Still perfectly drinkable but somewhat uninspiring.
I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.