Brunello di Montalcino van een van de beste producenten. Parker 92/100 punten - Uitmuntend Gambero Rosso.
Half september worden de druiven handmatig geoogst. Na de oogst worden de druiven gedurende een periode van 19 dagen gefermenteerd. De verdere rijping van deze wijn geschiedde gedurende een periode van 42 maanden in Slavonisch eiken vaten van 40 en 77 hl., waarna de verdere rijping op de fles nog minimaal een jaar werd vervolgd.
Casanova di Neri behoort tot de nieuwe generatie van Brunello producenten. Het bedrijf is gestart in 1971, toen Giovanni Neri het grootste domein in het Montalcino gebied kocht. Het domein is totaal 39 ha groot en onderverdeeld in 4 wijngaarden. De oudste wijngaard is 45 jaar oud. De wijngaarden liggen op een hoogte van ca. 350 meter boven de zeespiegel. Casanova di Neri behoort tot één van de beste producenten van de Brunello wijnen.
Robert Parker 92/100 punten
Giacomo Neri has produced a very approachable wine in this warm vintage. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is plump and juicy with loads of dark fruit and mild spice at the back. It doesn't have the depth or complexity of the gorgeous 2010 vintage, but the wine does a very good job presenting the main traits you look for in Brunello. The fruit is lively and the acidity gives the wine a sense of buoyancy and brightness. The tannins are very well integrated. It doesn't reach Brunello greatness, but it is a good Brunello.
This is one of the tastings I had most been looking forward to all year. Giacomo Neri and his son Giovanni produced one of my favorite wines in 2015 (the 100 point Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova). In addition to the wines reviewed here, I had the opportunity to organize the most complete vertical of Cerretalto (1981-2010) ever in the history of that single vineyard wine. It was also the last vertical to be staged at Casanova di Neri, because four of the vintages in that collection are now gone forever from the winery library. Because I don't want to distract from these new releases, I will publish my Cerretalto vertical after this Brunello report comes out. In the meantime, I spent a lot of time studying Casanova di Neri's current releases. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is a perfect wine save for the fact that I liked the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova just a tiny fraction of a micro percentage more. I tasted both wines together blind in every configuration I could think of and went through six bottles to be extra sure of my findings. I tasted them both immediately after opening the bottles and then at different intervals up to 24 hours later. The 2010 Cerretalto is arguably a more complete and a deeper wine, but it also feels slightly more propped up by that extra year of cellar aging and more pronounced oak spice. I loved the free and unhinged nature of Tenuta Nuova that exudes its true Sangiovese personality. Cerretalto, on the other hand, excels in terms of intensity, quality and winemaking, but it doesn't reflect the territory of Montalcino, to my mind, as faithfully as Tenuta Nuova. If the Montalcino signature is less important to you, you may well prefer Cerretalto. Either way, you can't go wrong with anything Casanova di Neri has produced in the exceptional 2010 vintage.
Vinous - Antonio Galloni: 92/100
Casanova di Neri's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a very pretty and expressive wine. Sweet red cherry, menthol, rose petal and mint open up first, followed by a touch of blood orange that adds lovely aromatic lift and brightness throughout. Although not especially complex, the 2011 should drink beautifully for at least a handful of years. Today, it is quite pretty and expressive.