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Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Casanova di Neri 2015 (750ML)
98+ Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. Tenuta Nuova was bottled in June 2018, and some 70,032 bottles were released." 01/20
96 Points, Ian D'Agata, Vinous: "Bright full red. Redcurrant, red cherry, violet, sweet spices, and orange zest on the scented nose. Not in the quite sweet and fleshy style this bottling is famous for, but suave and very well delineated, with the orange peel note providing inner-palate lift. Closes very clean with excellent length." 4/20
99 Points, James Suckling:"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." 10/19
97 Points, Michaela Morris, Decanter: "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." 2/20
International Wine Reviews
98 Points, J. D'Angelo, 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." 3/20.