Casanova di Neri - Tenuta Nuova Brunello di Montalcino 2011
Casanova di Neri - Tenuta Nuova Brunello di Montalcino 2011 (92 TSW)
This magnum from Casa Nova di Neri was one of the bottles we drank during the 10th anniversary of the CVU Wine Club. The 2011 is a vintage which can be enjoyed already.
Giovanni Neri founded Casanova di Neri in 1971 and has expanded the wine business over the years. The company now has approximately 63 hectares of vineyards for the production of the Brunello di Montalcino and the Rosso. Their Brunello's di Montalcino can be divided into three different labels, each with their own character and quality. The Brunello Tenuta Nuova and Cerretalto are Crus. The grapes only come from a vineyard.
Tenuta Nuova means the new vineyard and it is located in the south of the DOCG, just within the boundary of the DOCG. The soil type is mainly stone and is located at an altitude of around 350 meters. The temperature in this part of the Montalcino DOCG is relatively very warm. The vineyard was planted in 1988 with a planting density of 7,000 plants per ha.
The selection of the grapes done with the hand. Natural fermentation without adding artificial yeast. The maceration takes place in an open conical and temperature controlled environment. The fermentation took about 23 days. The wine is aged in 600 liter oak barrels, 15% new and 85% used for a period of 30 months. The wine is then aged in the cellars of the domain for another 18 months in the bottle.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the medium+ nose aromas of dark cherries, raspberries and black currants with hints of liquorice, tobacco, leather and toasted cedar.
On the palate dry, medium+ bodied with medium+ acidity and intensity. Tannins are present but also ripe and well integrated. Flavours of dark berries, leather, chocolate and balsamico. Nicely balanced with cherry, chocolate and black pepper on the finish. After some time in the glass this one opened lovely. Still a long live ahead.