2004 Casanova di Neri "Cerretalto" Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1049166 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark No doubt, Casanova di Neri shows some of its best work in this decade, starting with the super voluptuous 2001 vintage and ending with the superbly fine and powerful 2010 edition. The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is closer to the 2001 expression in style and personality. This wine shows deep richness and plumpness with black fruit nuances that segue to exotic spice, bitter chocolate and cured tobacco. Those lingering balsam notes of rosemary and medicinal herb remind you of the Montalcino territory. Smoke, tar, licorice and crushed flint underline the evolved nature of this balanced Tuscan red. If you have a bottle in your cellar, you could drink it now or hold off longer. (ML) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JS) Inner quote mark (9/2009)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is spicy and very, very rich with light raisin and hints of vanilla bean character. It’s full and velvety textured with a long and flavorful finish. Structured and refined. Inner quote mark (4/2012)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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 frame the long, elegant finish. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2010)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (10/2010)

K&L Notes

****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)

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