Casanova di Neri is just fifty years old. It’s amazing that in such a short period of time, proprietor Giacomo Neri has created one of the best wineries in Montalcino. In a land where lineage often spans centuries, Casanova di Neri’s story begins in 1971. Part of that amazing story is the Cru Brunello, Tenuta Nuova.
Tenuta Nuova was first produced in 2004. When the idea for the wine was first conceived, Giacomo Neri described it as such: “Tenuta Nuova is the will of Casanova di Neri to produce a powerful yet drinkable Brunello with a high ageing potential. The project began with the study of varied local microclimates and their optimal exposures for obtaining excellent Sangiovese grapes.”
I last checked in on the 2006 Tenuta Nuova way back in 2016. At the time, I wrote:
“The ripeness of the cherry fruit is obvious and the lurking complexity, sandalwood, chestnut, tobacco, seems as though it’s aching to scream, but can’t get nature’s hand off it’s mouth. It’s coming. I’m confident of that, but it’s not there yet. The tannins are substantial and finely woven. Without food, the wine was distinctly chewy. With braised short ribs and NY strip with gorgonzola, this blossomed more and offered a glimpse of the future. I’m confident, but readers need to be patient here. 91 points today. I’ll be honestly shocked if it doesn’t pass 95+ in 2-3 years. Close the cellar door. “
Well, I’ve let it sit beyond the three year window noted above, but patience has certainly been rewarded!
The 2006 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova is a special Brunello indeed. Despite the fact that the wine is now 16 years of age, the color is nearly an impenetrable black. Equally impressive is the freshness of the wine. Aromas of roasted coffee bean, black cherry, dark cocoa, tobacco and fennel spice are compelling. The spellbinding aromas extend to the palate where juicy, lively fresh cherry sit plumply on the palate. Chestnut, tobacco leaf and ripe sweet fennel notes mark the finish that goes on and on. This is a Brunello of stature, class and vivacious attitude. 98 points. Drink now or over the next 5 years. Find this wine.
~ The 2006 is throwing an enormous sediment. Decant carefully to remove – but the wine itself, does not need the aeration. It was brilliant from the outset ~Tenuta Nuova is aged for 36 months prior to release with 30 months in barrel and 6 months in bottle. Despite the recently increasing price for this wine, I do believe it’s worth the tariff. Further, I sense that the price will continue to increase. Therefore, I suggest buying the vintages you can find before it creeps to a level that’s no longer acceptable to most.