"Giacomo Neri has produced a very approachable wine in this warm vintage. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is plump and juicy with loads of dark fruit and mild spice at the back. It doesn't have the depth or complexity of the gorgeous 2010 vintage, but the wine does a very good job presenting the main traits you look for in Brunello. The fruit is lively and the acidity gives the wine a sense ... read more
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"Giacomo Neri has produced a very approachable wine in this warm vintage. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is plump and juicy with loads of dark fruit and mild spice at the back. It doesn't have the depth or complexity of the gorgeous 2010 vintage, but the wine does a very good job presenting the main traits you look for in Brunello. The fruit is lively and the acidity gives the wine a sense of buoyancy and brightness. The tannins are very well integrated. It doesn't reach Brunello greatness, but it is a good Brunello."
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"Casanova di Neri's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a very pretty and expressive wine. Sweet red cherry, menthol, rose petal and mint open up first, followed by a touch of blood orange that adds lovely aromatic lift and brightness throughout. Although not especially complex, the 2011 should drink beautifully for at least a handful of years. Today, it is quite pretty and expressive."
"This is one of the tastings I had most been looking forward to all year. Giacomo Neri and his son Giovanni produced one of my favorite wines in 2015 (the 100 point Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova). In addition to the wines reviewed here, I had the opportunity to organize the most complete vertical of Cerretalto (1981-2010) ever in the history of that single vineyard wine. It was also the last vertical to be staged at Casanova di Neri, because four of the vintages in that collection are now gone forever from the winery library. Because I don't want to distract from these new releases, I will publish my Cerretalto vertical after this Brunello report comes out. In the meantime, I spent a lot of time studying Casanova di Neri's current releases. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is a perfect wine save for the fact that I liked the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova just a tiny fraction of a micro percentage more. I tasted both wines together blind in every configuration I could think of and went through six bottles to be extra sure of my findings. I tasted them both immediately after opening the bottles and then at different intervals up to 24 hours later. The 2010 Cerretalto is arguably a more complete and a deeper wine, but it also feels slightly more propped up by that extra year of cellar aging and more pronounced oak spice. I loved the free and unhinged nature of Tenuta Nuova that exudes its true Sangiovese personality. Cerretalto, on the other hand, excels in terms of intensity, quality and winemaking, but it doesn't reflect the territory of Montalcino, to my mind, as faithfully as Tenuta Nuova. If the Montalcino signature is less important to you, you may well prefer Cerretalto. Either way, you can't go wrong with anything Casanova di Neri has produced in the exceptional 2010 vintage"
Founded in 1971 by Giovanni Neri who with his great vision and passion understood the huge potential of wine in the Montalcino territory, it was passed on to his son Giacomo in 1991.
Casanova di Neri does in fact stands for the Casanova Estate of the Neri Family..
The production started in the Eastern part of Montalcino and was extended later in other areas.
First came the Cerretalto vineyard, a unique terroir in a natural amphitheatre over the Asso river in which the old vines produced a Sangiovese different from the others, with small bunches of well distanced grapes, from which a selective variety was grown that was used in out other vineyards particularly in Tenuta Nuova.
The acquisition of Cerretalto was followed by that of Le Cetine, Pietradonice and then Podernovo. All this by researching the best soil and exposures so as to produce unique and recognizable wines.
The first Brunello harvest was 1978. This was followed by Cerretalto1981, Rosso di Montalcino 1982, Tenuta Nuova 1993, Pietradonice 2000, IrRosso di Casanova di Neri and the last one Ibbianco 2011. In the course of our small yet at the same time great history we have received awards from the most important reviews and opinion leaders of national and international wine critics.
Currently the estate covers a surface of around 500 hectares of which 63 are vineyards, 20 olive groves and the rest arable land and forest.
We believe that wines are the fruit of the vineyard and of man's labour.
The care and passion in working the land has to take into account the characteristics of the land, the microclimate and the variety so as to produce a unique distinct wine able to express its territory. For over forty years our evolution has been marked by careful targeted choices that have distinguished our estate and the wines we produce creating their own style.
A constant search for particular soils that exalt the quality and uniqueness of our wines and farming practices that respect the land and the vines are followed by attentive care in the making of the wine. Our wines are the fruit of exceptional combinations of soils and microclimates together with passionate and meticulous work enabling us to obtain constant results and to enhance the distinct features of the grapes throughout the different vintages.
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