Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2016

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Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2016

Winemaker Notes

Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy. Bright red, young, and intense. The aroma is pleasantly fresh with scents of dark fruit, exotic white fruit, and hints of spices. On the palate, depth blends with the perfectly ripe tannins, a symbol of an exceptional vintage such as 2016. The finish is greatly balanced, revealing the excellent aging potential.

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 Critical Acclaim

Jeb Dunnuck 95: The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino has compelling aromatics of cherry liqueur, sweet licorice, cedar, and forested earth. The palate is crystalline and full-bodied, with red plum skin and warming spice. There is a lot to love here, as this wine casts a large net for its versatility. Enjoy some now and lay some down, this is a great value. Drink 2021-2026

Wine Spectator 95: Shows fine depth, with cherry, black currant, and wild herb flavors, accented by iron, earth, leather, and tobacco notes. Muscular, despite a slim frame, with a long, savory aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2045.

Decanter 95: The 2016 vintage was marked by significant day and nighttime temperature differences. Gianlorenzo Neri says this was particularly pronounced in Montalcino’s northeast, where the vineyards for the estate’s ‘white label’ are found. With the beautiful focus off the bat, this grabs your attention immediately. Black raspberry and wild cherry give way to licorice, wet stones, and smoke. The fruit is velvety but quickly hemmed in by powdery, grippy tannins which retreat a bit on the finish, like waves, leaving rose and violets in their wake. Vibrant and racy.

Robert Parker 94: 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.

James Suckling 93: Tile and balsamic aromas with red plums and cherries. Full-bodied with a pretty center palate and ripe, rich fruit. It’s a little timid now but shows violets, bark, and black cherries at the finish.

 

 

About Casanova di Neri 

Casanova di Neri was established in 1971 when Giovanni Neri acquired a large estate in Montalcino with the goal of searching for optimal land to grow high-quality grapes. In 1991, his son Giacomo took over the direction of the estate and winemaking and continues the profound commitment and respect for the land started by his father. The 500 ha estate (63 ha of vineyards, 20 ha of olive groves, and the remainder open space and forest) includes 7 vineyards – Fiesole, Poderuccio, Podernuovo, Le Cetine, Pietradonice, Cerratalto, and Spereta. Montalcino is located south of Siena in Tuscany and offers a diversity of soils and microclimates. The Sant’Antimo DOC was created in 1996 in Montalcino to give producers more options for their super-Tuscan wines (red wines made from traditional Italian grape varieties as well as international varieties). Until the new DOC, a producer’s only option was to label this sort of wine a vino de tavola or table wine.

"Proprietor Giacomo Neri makes some of the richest, most textured Brunellos readers will come across. The house style favors a lush expression of fruit with a softness that makes the wines very appealing upon release. In recent years the wines have become more elegant." - Antonio Galloni

"Giacomo Neri makes some of the most exciting modern-styled Brunellos in the zone. Neri is a fervent believer in low yields, and while his wines boast notable concentration, they also show remarkable elegance and expressiveness". - Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide  

Casanova di Neri’s vineyards express the region’s terrain and microclimate; together with close attention to every aspect of vine cultivation, this results in the fruit of optimal quality. The winery’s Brunello production is divided between three different labels in order to best represent each area’s unique characteristics. Soil, vineyard position, microclimate, choice of clones, grafting, and well-organized vineyards all help to produce exceptional grapes.

Vineyards

The Fiesole vineyard, the farm's oldest, is just northeast of Montalcino; it produces exclusively Brunello di Montalcino, as does the nearby Poderuccio vineyard, which is 1,050 – 1,350 feet above sea level. In 1986 the Cerretalto vineyard was acquired. A natural amphitheater near the Asso River, at a height of 750 to 900 feet, Cerretalto’s position east of Montalcino and its unique terroir justify its own cru bottling. On the opposite side of Montalcino and to the southeast, near Castelnuovo dell'Abate, is the Pietradonice vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Lastly is the Cetine vineyard: 25 hectares facing south-southeast on a bucolic hillside near Sant'Angelo in Colle. Its choice of location and pristine nature, and the extreme variation between night and day temperatures, result in the fruit of optimal quality for Brunello di Montalcino.

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