Casanova di Neri is a recognized wine producer in the Montalcino section of Tuscany, Italy. They produce a number of red wines, bottled by vineyards where grapes are selected as well as the composition of grapes in the wine.
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is 100% Sangiovese (a Brunello di Montalcino cannot receive DOCG recognition without being 100% Sangiovese variety from the area) (between Italy and France, I don’t know who is worse with their wine regulations.). The wine was aged in small oak barrels for 30 months, and an additional 18 months in the bottle.
The Tenuta Nuova product has achieved high accolades over the years. Tasting the 2007 vintage, I can see why this is so.
Prior to consumption, the wine was decanted for 3 hours.
The nose was full of red and black fruit, especially cherries and plum. The wonderful Tuscan terroir was also present, along with a touch of pepper. This wasn’t an ordinary sniff. The aromas were blended, masterfully so.
The palate was full of cherries and black fruit, a touch of anise, and some cedar. There was oak present, but it wasn’t overpowering. They use it to elevate, not overtake, the Sangiovese. This was a wonderfully balanced wine.
The finish on this wine was amazingly long, and outstanding. The tannins are super integrated and brought together cherries and oak for what seemed like ages. The wine continued to improve as it opened.
This wine should be paired with food. Without it, the tannins can easily take over and upset the balance. It would go well with most traditional Italian fare (I had it with my homemade tomato sauce over spaghetti and meatballs!). I would avoid fish with it, but roasted beef, pork, or poultry should do great.
The 2007 Casnova di Neri Tenuta Nuova is available online for $70-90. It cost me $82 locally (the things I do for wine!). If you have a special occasion and it is within your budget, I would recommend it.