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Sitting next to the infinity pool at Casanova di Neri’s new on-property relais and gazing up at the silhouette of the hill town of Montalcino less than 3 miles away, it’s pretty easy to start dreaming about becoming a Brunello producer yourself. Giovanni Neri had that dream 50 years ago, although he didn’t have the infinity pool at the time. Neri wanted to establish a new winery here in one of the most hallowed venues in the Italian wine world, the commune of Montalcino, home of what many consider the best Sangiovese-based wines anywhere—indeed, among the very best Italian wines of any description. 

Even back then, vineyard land in the production zone for Brunello di Montalcino was very expensive and hard to find. But in 1971, Giovanni Neri was able to purchase a plot east of the town—the Cerretalto vineyard—that was less desirable because the area was considered too cool for proper ripening. Understanding the limitations of the location, Neri took a new approach in the viticultural practices, accepting a lower yield in order to achieve top-quality grapes. In 1978 Casanova di Neri produced its first Brunello. Over time, climate change has worked in Neri’s favor, as the Cerretalto vineyard with its natural amphitheater overlooking the Asso River now has no problem reaching optimum ripeness.

Vineyard acquisition has been a continuing goal for the Neris, and the estate has grown to include seven different vineyards in various parts of the denomination, totaling 156 acres of vines along with forested tracts, arable fields, and 50 acres of olive trees. The vineyards have been planted or replanted mostly with cuttings propagated from old Sangiovese vines in the Cerretalto vineyard that produced distinctive, high-quality fruit.

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WINERY LOCATION: Montalcino, Tuscany
WINE REGIONS: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, IGT Toscana
VINEYARD LAND: 156 acres (63 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable
GRAPE VARIETIES: Sangiovese; smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Colorino
WINE STYLES: Dry red
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 300,000 bottles (225,000 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 1971
OWNER(S): Giacomo Neri
WINEMAKER(S): Giacomo Neri and Giovanni Neri

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CASANOVA DI NERI “IRROSSO” TOSCANA IGT

Irrosso (or IrRosso) is Casanova di Neri’s most recent creation. It is made primarily from relatively young Brunello (Sangiovese) grapes from the Fiesole vineyard which is located next to the winery. It is blended with a small portion of Bordeaux grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, from the Neri vineyards in the southern part of Montalcino. This wine is the most approachable of Neri’s wines at an early stage of development, but can still age well.

CASANOVA DI NERI "GIOVANNI NERI" ROSSO DI MONTALCINO DOC

"Giovanni Neri" Rosso di Montalcino is a new wine from Casanova di Neri and is dedicated to the founder of the estate in celebration of the winery's the 50th anniversary . The grapes for this wine come from the new Tocci vineyard located in the Sesta area of southern Montalcino, which was acquired in 2018. The vines are 45 years old on average and the vineyard has exceptional soils and an ideal exposition, all of which help create a wine that respects the philosophy, style and quality of Casanova di Neri.

CASANOVA DI NERI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG (WHITE LABEL)

Casanova di Neri entered the market with its Brunello di Montalcino in 1978. Now that the Neris produce two other Brunellos, this wine is referred to as the White Label Brunello to avoid confusion. The White Label is the winery’s foundation wine, showing the background of Cerretalto’s and Tenuta Nuova’s excellence at a more affordable price.

CASANOVA DI NERI “TENUTA NUOVA” BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG

Tenuta Nuova, meaning “New Farm,” was literally a groundbreaking project by Casanova di Neri to develop an area in the Brunello di Montalcino denomination that had not been planted with Sangiovese before. The ridge, covered with Mediterranean maquis shrubs, was originally owned by a shepherd, but proved to be too rocky for good grazing. The Neris, however, saw great promise for vineyards. They planted Le Cetine vineyard with vines cut from the winery’s exceptional Cerretalto vineyard, and implemented the highest standards of viticulture in the vineyards. Ultimately, the Neris’ faith in the area has been validated by the exceptional quality of the Tenuta Nuova Brunello.

CASANOVA DI NERI CERRETALTO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG

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.

CASANOVA DI NERI PIETRADONICE TOSCANA IGT CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Pietradonice is Casanova di Neri’s entry into the Super Tuscan category. The name means "Stone of Onyx" and, indeed, the Pietradonice vineyard is in a former quarry for onyx, a vivid mineral used for jewelry and ornaments. The vineyard, located in the southeastern part of the commune of Montalcino, is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon rather than Sangiovese and demonstrates the high quality Neri and Montalcino are able to produce in this international grape variety.

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Montalcino, Tuscany

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Montalcino, Tuscany

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98+
NOVEMBER 2020
Casanova di Neri Cerretalto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015

Of these new releases from this benchmark estate, the Casanova di Neri 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is my favorite wine. 

This Riserva is larger than life with ripe fruit, raspberry, cherry, spice, cola, root beer, mesquite and cedar. The wine offers a flashy and generous quality of fruit that unfolds over time with a multifaceted and multi-layered presentation. One thing that stands out here is the acidity that is bracing and tart at first but then succumbs to an important supporting role, rendering lasting freshness and persistence to the finish. With time, you get a flash of cherry and crème de cassis that seals the deal.

94
JUNE 2022
Casanova di Neri “Tenuta Nuova” Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2017

Full-bodied, with muscular tannins supporting a ripe and transparent core of dark cherry, plum and blueberry fruit. Balanced and well done for the vintage. Chewy. Drinkable now but better in a couple of years.  Second tasting.

98+
JANUARY 2020
Casanova di Neri “Tenuta Nuova” Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015

Giacomo Neri and his family have crafted a wine that impresses from the first sip forward. 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. 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. 

97+
NOVEMBER 2020
Casanova di Neri “Tenuta Nuova” Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016

This is one of my sweetheart wines from Montalcino. The Casanova di Neri 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova offers a long list of aromas on an ever-shifting and fluid bouquet. You get bright cherry, rose potpourri, black truffle, caramel, butterscotch, sandalwood, road pavement and chalky mineral. In fact, each time I come back to this wine, that mineral element seemed to grow in intensity and scope. The wine offers a grounded fruit side that is contrasted nicely against a grounded oak component. The mouthfeel is creamy and long, and the wine shows terrific tannic integration. When you come back hours later, you might find black olive, bresaola and licorice.

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JULY 2020
Casanova di Neri “Irrosso” Toscana IGT 2016

Sangiovese reds range from savory and earthy to bright and berry-focused. Casanova di Neri's Toscana Irrosso is a Sangiovese-based blend with berry, herbal and sweet spice notes. Pure aromas and flavors of black currant, blackberry and violet are shaded by notes of wild Mediterranean herbs, iron and sweet spices in this balanced red. The tannins are solid yet refined, and the finish lingers, echoing the fruit, herbal and spice elements. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024. 5,000 cases made, 2,100 cases imported.

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NOVEMBER 2020
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (White Label) 2016

Casanova di Neri's 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a wine of pleasurable contrasts but also massive structure. Ripe dark fruits and autumnal spices offset savory herbs and hints of animal musk. It enters the mouth silky, cooling and lifted, with a noticeable inner sweetness to its polished cherry/berry flavors, but it then sways more toward inner earth, minerals and grippy tannins. The 2016 urges you to take another sip, as there’s so much upfront appeal; yet each time you do, it reminds you once again that it’s a painfully young Brunello in need of cellaring. That said, the potential here is incredibly high.

97
MARCH 2021
Casanova di Neri Cerretalto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015

First vinified as a single vineyard in 1981, and bottled as a Riserva until 1993, Cerretalto comes from an iron-rich marly site in the far east of Montalcino. Slow ripening, it is always the last plot to be harvested. While demonstrating some of its typical youthful austerity, the 2015 has a bit more flesh and baby fat than usual but it is still recognisably Cerretalto, with its mineral-driven, powerfully structured palate. Aromas are redolent of vanilla, balsam, smoke and dark chocolate, while the palate offers blackberry and black currants. Lively acidity pierces the fruit intensity. I wouldn't touch it for another three years.

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MARCH 2021
Casanova di Neri “Tenuta Nuova” Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016

Tenuta Nuova is Casanova di Neri’s southern expression of Brunello. Vines were planted in 1989 and Gianlorenzo Neri says they are now hitting their stride, giving wines with more persistence and depth than earlier vintages. The 2016 clearly demonstrates both of these attributes. It is not as immediate as the white label but unfolds decorously with earth, tar, leather, black currants and cinnamon. The tannins are refined, clinging to the palate with a clayey texture. Pristine and polished with masses of personality, the briny undertow cleanses the mouth brilliantly. Balsam and orange carry the finish.