Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1997 Front Label
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1997 Front Label

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1997

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Winemaker Notes

This Brunello di Montalcino is aged in Slavonian oak barrels for about 30 months and in the bottle for a year. It was born in their historic vineyards. Its constant high quality is further enhanced by its elegance and finesse. The vineyards lie to the south of Montalcino, a zone of Brunello marked by warmer micro-climates and intense, powerful wines.

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WS 95
Wine Spectator
Dark ruby. Wonderful aromas of crushed berry, fresh flowers and red licorice. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Lots of mushroom, berry and chocolate flavors.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In my blind tasting notes for the 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova, I wrote: “I bet this is one of the flagship wines that cemented the vintage’s greatness.” And so it was. This wine did help to bring 1997 Brunello to world attention. Executed in impeccable fashion, Tenuta Nuova shows extreme balance and care that is evident from the outset. The bouquet is comprised of a mixture of both secondary (fruity) and tertiary (or aged) aromas and the finish is pristine and polished. The tannins have retreated and soften over the course of the past decade.
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Casanova di Neri, Italy
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Casanova di Neri was established in 1971, when Giovanni Neri acquired an estate not far from the town of Montalcino. In 1978 they produced their first Brunello di Montalcino. Over the years their continuing goal has been the search for land believed to be optimal for growing high quality grapes. In 1981 they released a single vineyard bottling from their four hectares amphitheater vineyard site in NE Montalcino, named Cerretalto.

In 1991, Giovanni’s son, Giacomo took over the management of the estate and the winemaking. Giacomo acquired vineyards in the southern part of Montalcino, which eventually became their Tenuta Nuova Brunello di Montalcino, which was first released in 1993.

Today, 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.

Giacomo’s sons, Giovanni & Gianlorenzo are at his side at the winery. Giovanni is working in winemaking & vineyard management while Gianlorenzo is focused on marketing and sales.

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Famous for its bold, layered and long-lived red, Brunello di Montalcino, the town of Montalcino is about 70 miles south of Florence, and has a warmer and drier climate than that of its neighbor, Chianti. The Sangiovese grape is king here, as it is in Chianti, but Montalcino has its own clone called Brunello.

The Brunello vineyards of Montalcino blanket the rolling hills surrounding the village and fan out at various elevations, creating the potential for Brunello wines expressing different styles. From the valleys, where deeper deposits of clay are found, come wines typically bolder, more concentrated and rich in opulent black fruit. The hillside vineyards produce wines more concentrated in red fruits and floral aromas; these sites reach up to over 1,600 feet and have shallow soils of rocks and shale.

Brunello di Montalcino by law must be aged a minimum of four years, including two years in barrel before realease and once released, typically needs more time in bottle for its drinking potential to be fully reached. The good news is that Montalcino makes a “baby brother” version. The wines called Rosso di Montalcino are often made from younger vines, aged for about a year before release, offer extraordinary values and are ready to drink young.

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