The Casanova di Neri winery is located in the town of Montalcino in the Tuscany section of Italy. While they are best known for their Brunello di Montalcino, the winery also produces red wines with different varietals and blends, grappa, and olive oil.
The 2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto was 100% Sangiovese. The wine was aged in oak barrels for 31 months. The label listed ABV was 14.5%. The wine’s designation was DOCG. This vintage resulted in the production of 10417 (750 ml) bottles, 250 (1500ml) bottles, and 36 (3000ml) bottles.
This wine received a 100 point rating from James Suckling. As a result, on every trip to the cellar, I couldn’t help but look at the bottles, even though they were placed in an out-of-the-way spot on the racks. The curiosity of tasting the wine versus holding it for years became a regular battle. Did I break down and open a bottle ahead of its time to see what I thought of it?
Yes…yes, I did.
Prior to tasting, the wine was decanted for 2 hours.
Sitting in the glass, the aromas from the wine were phenomenal. Cherry and black fruit at the forefront combined with a hint of minerality and a touch of herbaceousness. As per my notes, this was a wine you could “sniff all night” (like that would ever happen!).
A sip found big red and black fruit, most notably cherries and plums. Alongside the fruit were tar, pepper, and well integrated tannins. Alcohol was present, in flavor, not heat. A few years should temper that nicely. Everything was so well combined.
The finish was extremely long.
This was a fantastic bottle of wine. It is only going to improve in the years ahead. I should have waited at least four or five years before uncorking it. Was I glad I opened it early and tasted it? Absolutely. I would do it again in a minute.
The 2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto retails for $225. This wine is a gem in the Casanova di Neri lineup. While I loved the 2007 Tenuta Nuova and the wines I tasted at the Undici wine dinner, the Cerretalto is an a class by itself. The price is worth it for a special celebration (like life!). I hope you have the opportunity to taste it.