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March 13, 2015

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2010

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Following on from our 100 point scoring Castello dei Rampolla d’Acleo 2010 offer, we are delighted to be able to present a parcel of the highly demanded 100 Point Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2010! The Brunello di Montalcino 2010 vintage has received incredible global coverage, with the leading wines selling out in all major wine markets. Today we mark the end of our campaign with the greatest of them all, Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova. In ten or twenty years’ time, when people talk about the greatest Brunello vintage ever, they will talk about Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova. It was one of only two wines in the entire vintage that received a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, the most important and influential critic magazine. The other, Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna Delle Grazie, already trades above £650 a six bottles, but only received 94 points from James Suckling. Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova on the other hand received 99 points from Suckling, making it bilaterally the wine of the vintage.

It is interesting that in the history of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, these aforementioned 2010s are the only Brunellos ever to receive 100 points. Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1990 received 100 points from Antonio Galloni, but was scored 98 by Parker himself and subsequently marked down to 98 by Galloni. Up until the 2010 vintage the Soldera was considered one of, if not, the greatest ever Brunello; it trades today at £4,200 per case of six – it is about to lose its crown.

Casanova de Neri was founded in 1971 by Giovanni Neri who in 1991 handed the reigns down to his son Giacomo and in forty years has established a remarkable reputation. The vineyards consist of 36 hectares divided into four distinctive areas; Le Cetine cited in Sant’Angelo, in Colle; Il Pietradonice in Castelnuovo dell’Abate and Il Cerretalto and Il Fiesole, which are found close to the Estate’s farmhouse, directly facing the hill of Montalcino. Tenuta Nuova is the summit of the Neri family’s winemaking prowess, sourced from the Pietrodonice and Le Cetine vineyards. The Pietrodonice vineyard is cited at 250-300 meters above sea level with a southeast facing exposure. This vineyard is one of the most remarkable in the world, as it is planted on an old onyx quarry, rich in Galestro and naturally onyx. Le Cetine vineyard is cited 275-320 metres above sea level, with southwest exposure. The soil is rich in galestro, tuffa and clay, surrounded and thus protected by woods. Tenuta Nouva receives the very best grapes form these vineyards, which are rigorously sorted, de-stemmed and passed into the gravity filled fermentation vats. Fermentation is started without using yeast additives and maceration takes place in open conical vats controlled for three to four weeks. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 30 months and then 15 months in bottle.

Casanova de Neri is loved globally, capturing the warmth of the southern reaches of Montalcino. Tenuta Nuova is perennially exceptional, however the 2010 transcends this, creating something truly remarkable, it will be a legend, one of the greatest ever Brunellos. In 2010 less than 4,000 cases were made, which equates to fewer than 1,500 for European markets and as one might expect there is very little remaining; in ten years’ time, wine enthusiasts who want a 100 point Brunello will pay through the nose for this Tenuta Nuova. Today it is £485 for a case of six bottles and therefore the lowest priced 100 point wine we have ever offered!

The Great 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vintage
2010 is being heralded as the greatest Brunello vintage ever; James Suckling comments, ‘the market is apparently on fire. Wine lovers are rejoicing in the incredible high quality of the vintage, and rightly so. The 2010 vintage is a new benchmark for Tuscany’s iconic wine, producing reds with wonderful intensity, structure, and energy.” Vintages like this come along once or twice a lifetime and collectors should focus on these superbly priced, critically acclaimed wines. As Suckling concludes, ‘The 2010 vintage made great wines. There is no doubt about it. This is why you have to buy some.’ To read our Brunello di Montalcino 2010 vintage report please click here.

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2010, 6×75 - £485 IB or £596.76 incl duty and VAT 
100 pts Wine Advocate

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is a protagonist of the vintage. The fruit is deep and dark with rich levels of extract, intensity and flavor. It goes far beyond your standard cherry and blackberry to include plum cake, spice bread and bacon-wrapped prune. Nothing is obvious or monochromatic about this wine. Everything is nuanced and ethereal. Tenuta Nuova is also distinguished by the linear mineral notes that are characteristic of this single-vineyard site. In 2010, those traits are especially well-defined and pronounced. The tannins reach a level of suppleness that is almost impossible to find in the sometimes prickly and acidic Sangiovese grape. If there is one thing Giacomo Neri has mastered, it is harvesting at optimal ripeness: He knows his property and his vines better than most and it shows. Collectors will want to put this wine aside ten years or longer.
 
Giacomo Neri has produced one of the two 100-point wines I discovered in my tasting of 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. His newest release from the exceptional Tenuta Nuova vineyard cru is a wine of soaring intensity, beauty and perfection. It’s one of those wines you can’t put down until the contents of the bottle have sadly dwindled to the final drops of precious liquid. The style is bold and opulent and the 2010 vintage is especially nuanced with the subtle beauty that only Sangiovese can display.
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