The estate was founded by Giovanni Neri, a grain merchant from south of Florence, who purchased the 200 hectare Casanova farm on the eastern side of Montalcino in 1971. The first Brunello bottling was made that year but the first commercial release was produced in 1982. Giovanni’s son Giacomo took over in 1991 and he has now been joined by his own son Giovanni since 2012.
A Tenuta Nuova bottling was first produced from a newly acquired site south of town in 1993. A wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon was also made at this time and further acquisitions were made on the northern slopes. By 2015 the winery was sourcing grapes from six different vineyard locations.
The Casanova di Neri 2017 Brunello di Montalcino delivers unexpected grace and a floral profile that is not common to find in this scorching-hot and dry vintage. In faithful Casanova di Neri fashion the wine is bold and dark in appearance and although the bouquet is dominated by purple and black fruits there is a brief interlude of fresh garden rose or lilac. That little moment changes up the momentum of this wine in a most positive way by allowing for a harmony of low tones and high tones that are well matched here. The wine is robust structured and velvety to the palate but ultimately this expression is far more delicate than I would have ever expected for a 2017 Brunello. This is a nice surprise.
Dusty florals musky cherry and raspberry with hints of mentholated herbs waft up from the 2017 Brunello di Montalcino. This is enveloping and soft with sweet exotic spices and juicy vibrant acidity giving way to tart wild berries and rosy inner florals. There?s amazing length hard red candies and violets and sweet tannin that goes on and on creating a somewhat chewy yet also fresh expression. The 2017 benefits from all of the fruit that would usually go into the single-vineyard Cerretalto Brunello though even with it production is down by 35%. That said this is stunning juice.
6 Nov 2021 ? A firm and chewy 2017 that is slightly austere but still provides a lively and dark-fruited palate. Medium to full body. Give this a year or two to soften. Try after 2023.v