Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Intensely deep ruby red colour with garnet nuances, limpid; austere, well-rounded fragrance with hints of the wood in which it matured well blended with the ethereal aroma; intense, complex fragrance with hints of violet, sweet-smelling violet, raspberry and pomegranate; smooth, intense, persistent but well-balanced flavor.
The Wine Advocate - "Casanuova delle Cerbaie's 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is gorgeous in this vintage. A firm, structured, Brunello, it offers up attractive scents of smoke, grilled herbs, (French oak) and leather. Today the wine comes across as needing bottle age, as the elements aren’t quite woven together as finely as they will be with some time. Still, there is a lovely persistence and depth to this wine that augurs well for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022."
Wine Spectator - "Plum jam, with roses and other flowers. A little earthy. Full-bodied, with decadent berry and mushroom flavor. Long, rich and layered. Best from 2010 through 2015."
Casanuova delle Cerbaie Winery
Casanuova delle Cerbaie was purchased in early 2008 by American collector and investor Roy Welland, who is probably best known in wine circles for his New York restaurant Cru, which is also home to one of the world’s most breathtaking wine lists. View all Casanuova delle Cerbaie Wines
About Tuscany(TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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5 ratings, 3 with reviews44/11/2012
an excellent wine from an excellent vintage year. great aroma and aftertaste32/4/2012
- Smooth & Supple
- Big & Bold
This wine, the 2004 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino is a very nice example of this classic Tuscan great, and I can tell you I was not disappointed in the least! The wine has a garnet color in the glass with a hint of rust color along the edges. The nose was somewhat woodsy which I guess is my technical term for a combination of moss, oak, cedar, earth and tobacco all swirling around. The taste had some tart cherry, and mild acidity and a subtle spiciness that made for quite a backbone on this wine. I found the wine itself quite dry, but the mild tannins made for a very smooth finish.henry sotomayor - Chicago, IL38/11/2011Patricia Deer - Barkhamsted, CT41/27/2011Delicious, hearty, delightful nose!
- Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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