Brunello Casanova di Neri
Brunello di Montalcino Casanova di Neri 2013
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.
APPELLATION Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
GRAPE VARIETY 100% Sangiovese
VINTAGE NOTES 2013 began with a delayed budding and flowering, that turned out to be perfect for the following summer, with cool temperatures and sunny days. Rainfall was well spread out all over the season. This is why the ripening process was slow and steady, producing grapes with balanced and beautiful aromatic expressions.
HARVEST Manual, from 3/10 to 14/10
VINIFICATION 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 25 days.
AGEING IN OAK BARRELS FOR 43 months AGEING IN BOTTLE FOR 6 months
GIOVANNI NERI TASTING NOTES Thanks to the cool climate the 2013 White Label grapes ripened slowly and steadily, showing an intense ruby red color since harvest time. The bouquet is complex, with intense red fruit notes and hints of cherry and citrus. On the palate is fresh and elegant, while tannins are velvety, ripen and well integrated. Final is long, balanced, with a refreshing afterstate. Very pleasant and drinkable despite the long ageing potential.
Brunello is one of Itlay's, and indeed the world's, finest wines. Casanova di Neri are one of the top producers with various vintages having scored 100 points.
Vinification: The Brunello (Sangiovese) grapes are hand-picked from 27 September to 5 October from the Fiesole, Poderuccio and Podernuovo vineyards. The grapes are selected several times; firstly in the vineyard, on the selection table at the winery where the bunches are de-stemmed and the individual grapes are chosen. Fermentation without addition of yeasts and maceration in open temperature-controlled conical vats for 3 to 4 weeks. The Brunello is aged in oak barrels for about 42 months and 6 months bottles in bottle.
|Location||Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy|
|Winery||Casanova di Neri|
|Winery status||Independent family winery|
|Grapes||Brunello (Sangiovese Grosso)|
|Product awards||James Suckling - 93 points|
|Style||Rich, elegant, super smooth|
|Sulphite level||Medium Low|