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2015 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuova" Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1490220 99 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The purity of fruit in this wine really strikes you with black cherries, combined with sage, lavender and rosemary. Extremely aromatic. Full-bodied, yet so tight and polished with incredible tannin structure that gives the wine an endless mouth feel of caressing tannins, acidity and fruit. There's a fabulous saltiness and oyster-shell undertone to the fruit. Unique. Drinkable already, but this year there's the structure to last decades. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Giacomo Neri and his family have crafted a wine that impresses from the first sip forward (especially when the wine is given ample time to open). The Casanova di Neri 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova must be treated with patience, and that patience is returned with many great rewards. Blackberry, plum and summer cherry are slowly folded into lasting flavors of spice, leather and beautiful balsam or medical herb. These are always a distinctive signature of this estate. The aromas flow with seamless transitions, and that fluid and ever-changing nature of the bouquet is what helps to build intensity and staying power. Fruit is harvested from a south- and southeast-facing slope at 250 to 300 meters above sea level. The soils are mixed loosely with crushed rock, allowing access to air and moisture. Indeed, pretty mineral accents appear as the wine takes on more air in the glass. What stands out most in this Brunello is the quality of the bouquet that is rigid and firm, yet not excessively so. You feel the structural texture of the wine as it sits firmly over the palate, yet there is mobility and softness to its many moving parts. I tasted this wine at various intervals over a 24-hour period. (ML) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Tenuta Nuova has been produced since 1993. It represents Casanova di Neri's 'newer' vineyard of Le Cetine in the southern reaches of Montalcino which boasts stony galestro soils. This manages the warmth and ripeness of the vintage with tremendous sophistication. Balsamic herbs, Mediterranean shrub, juniper and crushed stone overlay layers of focused, luscious currants and black cherries. A bit of an iron fist in a velvet glove - but much more velvet glove than iron fist. Finishes long and invigoratingly salty. (MM) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova was quite restrained at first, requiring time in the glass to fully blossom, as subtle red berry fruits slowly gain volume and are then complemented by sweet red florals with hints of exotic spice, peppery herbs, and dusty minerals. On the palate, silky textures flood the senses with rich red berry fruits and sweet herbal tones, leaving hints of savory spice and minerals in their wake. The finish is long and unexpectedly fresh, showing the first hints of round tannins under a top note of sweet cherry, plum and a hint of black tea. There is so much going on here, yet it is all densely wrapped up in its youthful state. (EG) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

98 points International Wine Report: The 2015 'Tenuta Nuova' Brunello di Montalcino is an utterly brilliant release from Casanova di Neri. Year after year Tenuta Nuova is amongst the top wines from Montalcino, and there is absolutely no exception in this fabulous vintage. This magnificant Brunello begins to impress as it opens to striking aromatics of fresh crushed blackberries and dark cherries which are laced with spices, herbs, licorice and fresh wild flowers that all build in the glass. On the palate this is impeccably structured, with beautifully polished, silky tannins that make for an absolutely gorgeous mouthfeel. This goes on to impress as it displays remarkable overall balance and poise with a beautiful core of ripe red and dark fruits that are underlined by a gorgeous mineral streak which persists through the long, graceful finish. This is simply thrilling today, however it also possesses the potential to evolve beautifully for decades to come. Simply put, this is an absolutly sensational Brunello that has it all, and should go down as one of the greatest vintages of Tenuta Nuova ever made. RV 03/2020 99+ points: Luca Gardinni: An innovative project involving vineyard and wine. A single-varietal Sangiovese Grosso displaying its impressive strength. Taut and vertical nose with aromas of fruits of undergrowth, blackberries dominating, pepper leaf and a balsamic trace. The mouthfeel is elegant, intense and salty with a very long-lasting persistence LG 03/2020

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