2004 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino "Cerretalto"
Very powerful and rich, with blackberry, licorice and light toasty oak. This has pure fruit. Turns exotic and decadent. Full-bodied, with dense, powerful tannins, but velvety and beautiful. Big and powerful. Layered and gorgeous. Best from 2011 through 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is deep and powerful in its smoke, tar, spices, scorched earth and plums. The wine has shut down quite a bit since I last tasted it a few months ago, and the refined silky tannins that were present a while back have turned decidedly virile. Still, the wine’s pedigree is impossible to miss, and the only thing this needs is time, probably lots of it. Pretty scents of soy, smoke and incense inform the long, elegant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024.
The aromas are harmonious and penetrating; the mouthfeel smooth and velvety and the overall effect is one of complexity and intensity. Cerretalto is a cru selection riserva and represents one of the most modern, fruit-forward and boldest expressions from the Montalcino territory.
****4.5 stars "Oh, this wine sings. The nose is a loudspeaker for Sangiovese and soil, a symphony of intrigue, flora, fauna and wine. On the palate, the wine has great breeding long, elegant, supple, yet vital, stimulating layers of spice, earth, complex fruit and a restrained lushness that is scintillating. The finish is classic, long and displays all that it demonstrated in the nose and on the palate warming together to a significant crescendo. Outstanding wine. 900+ cases produced. (Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian Buyer)