The 2004 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva is just one more reason why some of Tuscany's most affordable treasures are now also some of Italy's most enjoyable wines. It appears that Chianti Classico has come upon yet another renaissance, thanks in part to Fabrizio Bianchi and his pioneering work at Monsanto. A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, and 5% Colorino, the medium to full-bodied 2004 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva captures all the charm, elegance, and structure that one can expect from the finest Chianti Classico. Breed, grace, and plenty of dry, deep down flavor all shine from this offering. A warm scent of cherries, violets, tobacco, and spice tantalize the nose and set the stage for this sophisticated wine's ripe, rich flavors and firm, balanced structure. And already, this 2004 Riserva exhibits a generous, round mouth feel and plenty of ripe tannin, which will undoubtedly carry it for another decade or more. More succinctly, this Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva reminds us of the Tuscan landscape: elegant, fecund, positively captivating, timeless, and always in good taste. When one looks across the Arno River from Florence and up into the hills surrounding the city or one gazes over the ramparts of rival Siena, a sophisticated, timeless landscape strikes the eye. Happily, Fabrizio Bianchi has captured every bit of that alluring countryside in his 2004 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva. Anticipated maturity: 2008- 2018. Saluté!