Casanova di Neri Pietradonice 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
It has a deep color, and it has been aged in new barriques for 18 months. Using the experience of New Tenuta, the Red Sant'Antimo DOC Pietradonice has been created by planting Cabernet Sauvignon in this "terroir" to see how other than Sangiovese vines perform in the Montalcino area.
Wine Spectator - "Dark ruby in color. Blackberry, mint and mineral aromas follow through to a full body, with superpolished tannins and a long, long finish. This is structured and very beautiful. Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2013."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Pietradonice, also from vines in Sant-Antimo, reveals an inky color along with open, warm aromatics from the toasted oak. It is silky-textured and opulent on the palate, with layers of blackberries, blueberries, cassis, spices, minerals and sweet toasted oak that flow as the wine opens in the glass. The tannins are well-integrated and the wine offers outstanding balance. In 2005 the Pietradonice is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon rather than the typical 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Sangiovese blend. The wine was aged in 300-liter barrels of which approximately half were new. Pietradonice remains one of the most promising wines of its type, especially given that the vines were only planted between 1993 and 1996. If the vines can get to the point where they express more varietal character this could very well turn out to be an exceptional wine in future vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2017."
Casanova di Nieri Winery
Casanova di Neri was established in 1971 when Giovanni Neri acquired a large estate within Montalcino. Over the years their continuing goal has been the search for land believed to be optimal for growing high quality grapes. There are now 120 acres of vineyards divided amongst four distinct sites. Improved quality in the vineyards has led to more attention in the winery, from vinification to the careful selection of casks for aging but always with the maximum respect for tradition. Today the property is operated and wines made by Giacomo Neri, who states, "Our greatest pride is our vineyards: their high quality and their history." View all Casanova di Nieri Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (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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