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

Tenuta Nuova hails from Casanova di Neri’s Le Cetine vineyard in Montalcino’s south. With a full southern exposure from east to west, it is a sun soaked, Mediterranean expression of Brunello. The 2017 takes a bit of coaxing at first but then cherry bark, cinnamon, liquorice root and gardenia arise from the glass. Upfront, gritty tannins dissolve slowly into a fine dusty powder, revealing supple, round black currants. Citrussy acidity keeps this lively while dark chocolate and mint notes linger. Drinking Window 2023 – 2029

96
JUNE 2022
Casanova di Neri “Tenuta Nuova” Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2018

Elegant and perfumed nose of dried roses, violets, lemon zest, slate, cherries, aniseed and truffles. Very fine, tight and precise tannins. Medium to full body. I like the floral and saline undertones. So precise and fresh with a tight finish. Crushed stones at the end. Try in 2025, but already attractive to taste and drink.

98
JANUARY 2021
Casanova di Neri Cerretalto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016

Cerretalto is bottled separately in selected vintages only. It is given an additional year of ageing and is typically still patently austere when released. While the 2015 was almost uncharacteristically fleshy, 2016 is a return to Cerretalto’s sinewy personality. It opens gradually with distinct flint, creosote and smoke-infused wild black currants and thyme. The palate is powerful without being weighty, with chiselled tannins that are rigid but not hard-edged. A concentrated core of black salted liquorice, black raspberry and iron is pierced by tangy acidity. Ultimately an elegant wine, this will need time to express all its nuance.Drinking Window 2025 - 2045

94
NOVEMBER 2020
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (White Label) 2016

The Casanova di Neri 2016 Brunello di Montalcino (or the so-called "white label" Brunello) takes a minute or two to open, and like all these new releases from the Neri family, you're best off opening your bottle five hours before serving them. This classic expression displays raspberry, tar, hazelnut, dried fig, asphalt and some crushed chalk. The wine is streamlined and compact in terms of mouthfeel, giving us an accessible Brunello from a benchmark Montalcino estate.

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. 

94
NOVEMBER 2021
Casanova di Neri “Tenuta Nuova” Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2017

Lots of red plums and cherries on the nose with a palate that has a full body, thick silky tannins and a fresh and flavorful finish. The tannins are in good balance against the ripe fruit. Fresh and transparent at the end. Drink or hold.

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APRIL 2021
Casanova di Neri Cerretalto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015

Wild rosemary, thyme and juniper aromas and flavors frame the core of black cherry in this supple red. Firmly built, shows refined tannins embraced by the bright fruit. Very expressive and approachable now, yet should continue to improve. Best from 2025 through 2050. From Italy. 


NOVEMBER 2022
Casanova di Neri Cerretalto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016