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.
This is one of my all-time favorite Brunellos and although personal tastes are fluid and may change from time to time there is something timeless and solid about this wine. It's like a touchstone. The Casanova di Neri 2017 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is graced with a similar interlude of elegant rose or crushed flower that we saw in the annata wine. It appears more prominently here and with more shape and focused intensity. Make no mistake Giacomo Neri builds wines for pleasure and sensual impact and this wine (helped by a hot growing season and 15% alcohol) ticks all those boxes. But it also shows floral elegance and sour cherry freshness that defies our expectations of the vintage.
6 Nov 2021 â€“ Lots of red plums and cherries on the nose with a palate that has a full body thick silky tannins and a fresh and flavorful finish. The tannins are in good balance against the ripe fruit. Fresh and transparent at the end. Drink or hold.
Expressive complex and long despite its compact profile today. Delivers black cherry blackberry violet mineral and tobacco flavors that prevail while assertive yet refined tannins leave their mark on the lingering finish. Best from 2025 through 2042. ?B.S.