Monday, December 31, 2012

Casanova di Neri 2007 Brunello Di Montalcino

Casanova di Neri 2007 Brunello Di Montalcino, $40.99-$48.99, 94 points, truly a ruby bejeweled of a wine, with a glitter of amber toward the broad transparent rim.
Aromatic, with perfumed spicy red cherry and cedar, with hints of pine tar and lilac. It has been more than four months since I've experienced a Brunello, but smelling that bouquet reminded me just how uniquely wonderful Brunello begins in the glass.
Medium-plus body, good acidity, moderate and persistent tannin, with a juicy and round mouth feel, it has an almost melt-in-your-mouth quality (I know, liquid doesn't melt-But!).
Floral flavors are dominant, with hints of tar, herbs, and spiced red cherry.
Finishing exceptionally long with mouth-tingling spices and eucalyptus, this wine reminds me of the Mate 2006 Brunello Montalcino, and will be just as memorable.


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  1. Sounds delightful...aren't Italian wines great?

  2. Casanova is on a roll over the last 10 years. A major roll. See if you can find the Tenuta Nuova. That has been on sale around here for as low as $40-$50 and is a unique wine and quite the step up. Good review amico. I concur. And this one is not that expensive. I hate to say...about $30 down here. (runs for cover....)

  3. John, I was looking for the Tenuta Nuova, but no luck just now; if I remember correctly JS gave it something like 97 points, and if I might use an expression from Inglorious bastards: "That's a Bingo!" As you can see, prices are much higher for these wines.

  4. Still, at about $40 for this quality of a Brunello is a steal. It's been years since I've been able to say that. The last few vintages have been great - and great bargains!

    1. John, I owe much of my love for Brunello to you!
      You are a mentor of sorts; I'm not embarrassed to say that, and thank you. So often you have shown a human face to the subject of wine, and I suppose that's why your interviews are so stellar. Not only that, but your knowledge is deep as well.
      Strange how important it is to so many wine people that they have to be above it all, confident, worried about spelling, worried about being left behind, about the realization that we can know so very little about such a big subject as wine.
      I've never pretended to be an expert (Said it many-a-time), but I'm sure having fun at my new hobby. Again, it's like bird-watching: you need to get out, or put-up those bird feeders and get a pair of binoculars and a bird guide, but with wine, all you need is to get your "feet wet" and begin with the first bottle, look at the color, get a good smell, and begin the tasting! Always helps to have an honest guide.
      Cheers my friend.