Casanova Di Neri
casanova de neri brunello cerretalto '13
Casanova di Neri Cerretalto is a single-vineyard Brunello di Montalcino, representing the pinnacle of Neri's production from some of the winery's best vines. Cerretalto is an old vineyard in a natural amphitheater over the Asso River east of Montalcino, and its wines are among the best the Brunello di Montalcino denomination has to offer.
The Cerretalto is the synthesis of intuition, passion and vision, characteristics that have been a continual expression of Casanova di Neri. An extraordinary concentration of mineral in the soil imparts an unique impression only in certain vintages and only thanks to a Sangiovese grape from small, straggly bunches. With this decisive contribution of human dedication, love for the work of the earth and great attention in the cellar can a wine reach exceptional quality, personality and unique style that fully expresses the territory of its origin.
The 2013 vintage best represents the Cerretalto work of art: deepness, intensity, and greatness. Once poured in the glass shows a bright ruby red color while the bouquet has the unmistakable graphite followed by hints of young and dark red fruits, chocolate and liquorice. In the mouth is immense, thick and elegant at the same time with an incredible and persistent finish. Tannins are perfectly smoothed and integrated.
The Cerretalto 2013 has a long life ahead. It should be opened at least 3 hours in advance at the recommended service temperature of 60-62 F.
"This is a beautiful Brunello that boasts deep intensity and bold black fruit flavors that are plummy and rich. Spice, toasted oak and tobacco frame that primary fruit. Cerretalto ages in oak for 30 months and that strong imprint has added to the structure, depth and contemporary character of this A-list Brunello. That oak imprint is also reinforced in the wine's tannins. There's no doubt that this wine needs more cellar aging. I would absolutely not suggest drinking it within the next five years."
- 97 points, The Wine Advocate, Jan 2019