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Brunello Casanova di Neri

International Wine Report - 94 points

Luca Gardini - 95 Points

Wine Advocate - 92 Points

Brunello di Montalcino Casanova di Neri 2014

James Suckling - 93 points

Brunello di Montalcino from Casanova di Neri, one of the finest wineries in all Italy. Brunello is world famous as one of Italy's best red wines. Brunello is produced from the Sangiovese grape, and only from designated vineyards around the area of the town of Montalcino in southern Tuscany. To qualify for DOCg Brunello di Montalcino status the wine is aged for a considerable time (three years or more) in oak casks prior to bottling. The Brunello is then further bottle aged before it is allowed to be released for sale.

Virtually all Brunello producers are small family farms and the name Brunello on the label is a guarantee the wine in the bottle was made properly with care and attention. There is no such thing as a cheap Brunello and to my knowledge no such thing as a bad Brunello. But there are good Brunellos and great Brunellos, and Jacomo di Neri is regarded as one of the finest producers of all.

His wines including his single vineyard Tenuta Nuova Brunello have been awarded the maximum 100 points by James Suckling on several occassions.

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The 2014 is one of most particular and unique year for Casanova di Neri.
Winter was unusually warm and rainy, followed by a mild spring with a bit of rainfall. Budding and flowering took place as usual.
A cold and rainy August anticipated the end of the season way before than expected.
A great defoliation and cluster selection were needed to maintain an excellent health of the grapes.
Harvest began during the third week of September with a strict hand sorting to get the helathiest and and best ripened bunches.

Manual selection of the grapes before and after destemming, followed by a spontaneus fermentation without the addition of artificial yeast. Maceration is assisted by a falling down system, and everything is carried out inside open cone-shaped and temperature controlled fermenters for 23 days.

Aged for 43 months in oak.

The White Label 2014 is extraordinarily unique throughout the history of Casanova di Neri. 
For the first time since 1978 this Brunello is a blend between White Label, Tenuta Nuova and Cerretalto 2014 grapes. The black and bronze bands on the historical label remind that the last two have not been bottled in this year. 
The 2014 vintage is one of the most elegant, complex and finest of ever. 
The color is bright red, and fresh hints of young red fruits mark the intense bouquet. 
In the mouth everything is perfectly balanced, from the vibrant acidity to the creaminess and the silky consistency. Tannins are extremely fine and precise. 
Persistent finish and endless aftertaste.

More Information
Location Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Winery Casanova di Neri
Winery status Independent family winery
Winemaker Giovanni Neri
Annual production Tiny
Grapes Brunello (Sangiovese Grosso)
Product awards International Wine Report - 94 points, Luca Gardini - 95 Points, Wine Advocate - 92 Points
Gold Medals
Style Rich, elegant, super smooth
ABV 14.5
Bottle Size 75cl
Percentage score 93
Sulphite level Medium Low
John's Rating
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