1993 Monsanto “Il Poggio” Chianti Classico Riserva

($23): One of the greatest CCR’s I’ve had is the ’85 Il Poggio. Although the ’93 has the same profile, it doesn’t have near the stuffing. Tar, roses and saddle leather dominate the nose but the sweet cherry fruit is not as deep as it could be and the tannins come on strong and quick. Drink it over the next couple of years.

JD (4/99)