2008 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuova" Brunello di Montalcino
This is very floral with blackberries on the nose. It's full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a ripe fruit, caramel and berry aftertaste. Delicious for the vintage. One of the wines of the vintage. Better in 2015.
The sawdust and graphite aromas turn to cherry and raspberry flavors in this vibrant, complex red. A beam of sweet fruit imparts energy and resonance, carrying this to a long, expansive aftertaste. The finish shows potential. Best from 2016 through 2035.
Brunello Tenuta Nuova opens with inky dark consistency and immediate aromas of old spice, leather, toasted oak and dried fruit that pop right out of the glass. Dark licorice and espresso add to the overall complexity. There’s a touch of sweet spice on the close with ripe, chewy tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The estate’s 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is bold, frank and direct. Mocha, plums, black cherries, savory herbs and flowers are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. Overall, the 2008 is a fairly mid-weight Tenuta Nuova, with less structure than the 2006 or 2007, but with plenty of early appeal. The dense, layered finish is highly appealing. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. (AG)
Wine & Spirits
The Neri family planted Pietradonice on the site of an onyx quarry in the southeast part of the zone using a selection of sangiovese grosso from their Cerretalto vineyard; they used the same selection to plant Le Centine, also in the south of the zone. Those vineyards, now coming into maturity, produced a brooding, intense Brunello, its flavors as dark as black plums, black mushrooms and tar. The tannins feel like they were carved from stone, wholesome and firm. Built to cellar for five years or more.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, full ruby-red. Red cherry, red licorice and pungent herbs on the nose. Supple, sweet and silky on entry, with reticent but pure red berry and flint flavors complicated by fresh herbs, flowers and a wild element of underbrush; firmed by solid acidity. Finishes with substantial building tannins and serious structure. Very suave and classically dry, but I would have liked a little more fruit for a higher score. The bottle's label carries a 30th vendemmia designation.
Deep ruby with orange rim. Sweet and a little jammy. Undertones of oak and tea leaves. Lots of concentrated sweet ripe fruit, but acidity pulls it together. Hedonistic and quite immediate. Big tannin on the finish.