Casanova di Neri
2015 'Tenuta Nuova' Brunello di Montalcino
Sangiovese •Cetine & Pietradonice
Italy: Tuscany: Montalcino
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Meanwhile, why not compile the raves to reflect the consensus:
A mishmash tasting note could read “On another level” (JD), “extremely aromatic” (JS), that fluid and ever-changing nature of the bouquet is what helps to build intensity and staying power” (WA), “shows the warm, sexy style of this vintage beautifully” (JD), “a bit of an iron fist in a velvet glove (D), “structure to last decades.” (JS)”
Inky black to the core with a gradual fade to the narrow rim turning bright crimson. The world is here on the nose, definitely on the ripe, flashy, oaky side, while offering layers upon layers of black fruits, spices, minerals, earth, and more. One sip and it’s that Lamborghini sighting as it turns the corner, dazzling with a rush of exoticism, yet you KNOW the substance within too. There is not much of a finish to talk about as the complexity lingers virtually with no end in sight. Definitely cellar, or decant for hours to pair with a worthy feast of decadent dishes, this is that special occasion bottle, if we know one.
More could be said, but that would crowd this fact: BEST PRICE in the world, only at Wine Spies.
A no-brainer, investment-grade Brunello.
Only a few cases were allocated, sorry.
99 Points – James Suckling
“The purity of fruit in this wine really strikes you with black cherries, combined with sage, lavender and rosemary. Extremely aromatic. Full-bodied, yet so tight and polished with incredible tannin structure that gives the wine an endless mouth feel of caressing tannins, acidity and fruit. There’s a fabulous saltiness and oyster-shell undertone to the fruit. Unique. Drinkable already, but this year there’s the structure to last decades.”
98+ Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Giacomo Neri and his family have crafted a wine that impresses from the first sip forward (especially when the wine is given ample time to open). The Casanova di Neri 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova must be treated with patience, and that patience is returned with many great rewards. Blackberry, plum and summer cherry are slowly folded into lasting flavors of spice, leather and beautiful balsam or medical herb. These are always a distinctive signature of this estate. The aromas flow with seamless transitions, and that fluid and ever-changing nature of the bouquet is what helps to build intensity and staying power. Fruit is harvested from a south- and southeast-facing slope at 250 to 300 meters above sea level. The soils are mixed loosely with crushed rock, allowing access to air and moisture. Indeed, pretty mineral accents appear as the wine takes on more air in the glass. What stands out most in this Brunello is the quality of the bouquet that is rigid and firm, yet not excessively so. You feel the structural texture of the wine as it sits firmly over the palate, yet there is mobility and softness to its many moving parts. I tasted this wine at various intervals over a 24-hour period. Drink 2022-2045.”
97 Points – Jeb Dunnuck
“On another level, the flagship 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova shows the warm, sexy style of this vintage beautifully, boasting a translucent ruby/purple color as well as incredible aromatics of ripe cherries, dried rose petals, new leather, spice, and dried herbs. Beautifully complex aromatically, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness as well as a weightless, elegant texture that carries sweet tannins.”
97 Points – Decanter
“This manages the warmth and ripeness of the vintage with tremendous sophistication. Balsamic herbs, Mediterranean shrub, juniper and crushed stone overlay layers of focused, luscious currants and black cherries. A bit of an iron fist in a velvet glove - but much more velvet glove than iron fist. Finishes long and invigoratingly salty.”
Inky black to the core with a gradual fade to the narrow rim turning bright crimson
The world is here on the nose, definitely on the ripe, flashy, oaky side, while offering layers upon layers of black fruits, spices, minerals, earth, and more
One sip and it’s that Lamborghini sighting as it turns the corner, dazzling with a rush of exoticism, yet you KNOW the substance within too
There is not much of a finish to talk about as the complexity lingers virtually with no end in sight
Definitely cellar, or decant for hours to pair with a worthy feast of decadent dishes, this is that special occasion bottle, if we know one
What the Winery Says
- Consulting winemaker
- Carlo Ferini
- Winemaker / proprietor
- Giacomo Neri
- 100% Sangiovese Grosso
- Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany
- Cetine & Pietradonice
- Total acidity
- 5.9 g/L
- Dry extract
- 31.4 g/L
- Harvest dates
- 2nd and 3rd week of September
- 36 months
- 5% new French tonneaux