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CASANOVA DI NERI

TUSCANY

CASANOVA DI NERI

TUSCANY

ABOUT THE WINERY

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
REGION: 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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Montalcino, Tuscany

VINEYARD:
Montalcino, Tuscany

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98
MARCH 2023
Casanova di Neri "Giovanni Neri" Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2018

The 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino Giovanni Neri is a relatively new addition to the range from the southeast in Sesta. It pours a rich ruby hue, with aromas of perfumed red raspberry, herbes de Provence, wild strawberry, and a light note of cinnamon. It offers elegance and purity, with a refined texture, vibrant red berries, and beautiful notes of fresh blood orange, tea leaf, a fine tannic structure. and. This is a vintage with a lot of finesse as well as a more transparent nature that is refreshing. Drink 2024-2044.

NOVEMBER 2022
Casanova di Neri Cerretalto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016
91
OCTOBER 2021
Casanova di Neri "Giovanni Neri" Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2019

Juniper, thyme and earth accents join bright cherry fruit in this supple red, which carries the fruit theme through the lingering finish, where light tannins lend support. Drink now through 2025. 580 cases made, 100 cases imported

92
DECEMBER 2022
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (White Label) 2018

Lots of clean cherry and plummy character to the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied with dense, chewy tannins and a long finish. Lovely freshness of fruit here, but give the tannins a year or two to sink in. 40th anniversary bottling. Best from 2024

93
MARCH 2023
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (White Label) 2018

With a special commemorative label that celebrates its 40th birthday (1978–2018), the Casanova di Neri 2018 Brunello di Montalcino is lush and carefully concentrated to offer intensity and textural richness. The bright fruit remains intact in this wine, with plenty of cherry and blackberry, in an encouraging nod to the future cellar potential of this bottle. Many Brunellos from this vintage reveal faded or dried fruit, but thankfully not this wine. The acidity is mild, falling softly to the background, and the tannins are expertly managed. Only the finish is a bit leaner and quicker than anticipated. The wine ages in large oak casks for 42 months, and this year's production is an ample 105,000 bottles. Happy anniversary.

94
JANUARY 2022
Casanova di Neri Pietradonice Toscana IGT Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

The 2018 Pietradonice, a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon from the south-east of Montalcino, is dark as it grumbles up from the glass, showing dusty rose, currents, cherries and smoke. This is velvety in feel yet wonderfully lifted and fresh, steadily building in tannic heft yet packed full of graphite-like mineral-tinged black fruits and dark inner florals. A hint of sour citrus keeps you coming back for more even as the Pietradonice flexes its structural heft. Give the 2018 five to seven years before attempting to enjoy the full potential buried within.

94
DECEMBER 2022
Casanova di Neri "Giovanni Neri" Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2018

I have long awaited the first rendition of the Giovanni Neri Brunello di Montalcino, and the 2018 does not disappoint. Here I’m finding a beguiling mix of lavender, white pepper and crushed stone giving way to dried black cherries and foreign spice. This washes across the palate with a supple wave of ripe red berries carried by vibrant acidity, as nuances of sour citrus and clove resonate throughout. Its tannins are crunchy, almost chiseled in feel, yet coupled with a staining of primary concentration that lingers under an air of violet inner florals, tapering off with tremendous length and structured for a long and balanced maturation. Made from vines that are 50 years old, the Giovanni Neri hails from a vineyard acquired in the southeast of Montalcino. This is a fabulous debut bottling.

90
FEBRUARY 2022
Casanova di Neri "Giovanni Neri" Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2020

Casanova di Neri breaks out in a whole new direction with this wine named after Giacomo Neri's father (and also his oldest son). The 2020 Rosso di Montalcino Giovanni Neri embraces a more lifted, punchy and—if pressed—"traditional" take from a vintner known for his passionate desire to shake up Montalcino tradition. This hot-vintage expression is almost raw, natural and even somewhat carbonic in presentation and taste. I'm not positive this is intentionally or the result of the very hot 2020 growing season with ripe fruit that proved difficult to manage in the winery. This Rosso exhibits plenty of black fruit, but it also closes with unusual aromas of crushed white pepper, licorice and cherry cola. It shows more darkness and fruit weight compared to your standard Rosso, though.