2016 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino

A pure and muscular Brunello from an exceptional vintage and an exceptional producer.

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Still a baby, this is a very young deep red, with an intense nose, and rich palate.

While other estates in the DOC have waxed and waned over the years, Casanova di Neri has been quite steadfast in producing Brunellos no matter the challenges they’ve face. With the luxury of multiple Cru Brunello vineyards, they are able to create this wine year on year, due to the varying options they have when it comes to fruit sourcing.

A wine of generational ageing potential in great years such as 2016, this could be happily drunk over the next twenty years.

The 2016 vintage is the perfect balance among elegance, opulence, structure and complexity. Winter was warmer than average with some rain in February while budding was regular during the first week of April. Flowering took place on the last week of May with sunnier days, following a mild summer with sporadic rainfall. Ripening process was slowly but consistent, also thanks to the big range between day and night temperatures right before harvest.

Vinification; We select the bunches manually before de-stemming and selecting the grapes with an optical selector. After that, spontaneous fermentation without added yeasts follows and maceration is facilitated by frequent pressing. Everything takes place in conical steel vats at controlled temperature for 24 days.

Ageing in oak barrels 37 months, ageing in bottles 12 months.

93 Points - "Tile and balsamic aromas with red plums and cherries. Full-bodied with a pretty center palate and ripe, rich fruit. It's a little timid now, but shows violets, bark and black cherries at the finish." - James Suckling (JamesSuckling.com)

94 Points - "Casanova di Neri's 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a wine of pleasurable contrasts but also massive structure. Ripe dark fruits and autumnal spices offset savory herbs and hints of animal musk. It enters the mouth silky, cooling and lifted, with a noticeable inner sweetness to its polished cherry/berry flavors, but it then sways more toward inner earth, minerals and grippy tannins. The 2016 urges you to take another sip, as there's so much upfront appeal; yet each time you do, it reminds you once again that it's a painfully young Brunello in need of cellaring. That said, the potential here is incredibly high." - Eric Guido (Vinous)

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