Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

2014 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

No Wine Produced This Year

2013 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $350.00

98 Points Wine Spectator

This intense version is concentrated, with black cherry, blackberry, graphite, tobacco and spice flavors, yet remains light-footed due to the racy profile. Structured, yet beautifully balanced and youthful. Shows purity and length on the aftertaste, which introduces a floral component. Best from 2022 through 2045.

97 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

There are a handful of wines in Italy that make me nervous before I taste them because my expectations are so high. This is one of those wines. Indeed, previous editions of Cerretalto have earned the coveted 100 point score, and I am astutely aware of the pedigree and potential that comes forth with each new vintage. As enthusiastic as my assessment of the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is, I’m stopping short of that perfect score. This vintage is something of a moving target with wines that are beautiful, without a doubt, yet the growing conditions were not even across the appellation, and achieving optimal tannic management posed a challenge to many producers.

If I were to make any criticism of this wine, it would fall along those lines. That aside, this is a beautiful Brunello that boasts deep intensity and bold black fruit flavors that are plummy and rich. Spice, toasted oak and tobacco frame that primary fruit. Cerretalto ages in oak for 30 months and that strong imprint has added to the structure, depth and contemporary character of this A-list Brunello. That oak imprint is also reinforced in the wine’s tannins. There’s no doubt that this wine needs more cellar aging. I would absolutely not suggest drinking it within the next five years. Any awkwardness it shows now should iron itself out with more bottle time.

97 Points James Suckling

There’s a lot in this wine, in terms of complexity, that is all underpinned by concentrated, ripe and assertive red cherries. The oak is nicely placed and there’s a sense of purpose and build on the palate that really sets it apart. High-class tannins.

96 Points Decanter

Cerretalto is a 4ha vineyard on red sandy clay at the very eastern edge of Montalcino. It’s a cool site that’s very slow and late ripening, with significant temperature differences between day and night. In 2013 the grapes were harvested during the second week of October, and though not designated as a Riserva, it’s aged like one.

It’s a wine that takes time to come around, and the 2013 is characteristically closed, rigid and austere in its youth. It hints at dusty black cherry and wild plums wrapped up in a graphite and iron fist. Bracing acidity cuts through the intense, concentrated core. The oak is polished but needs to integrate, while stiff, sticky tannins demand a few years to soften. This is all about patience.

2012 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $370.00

98 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto offers a prolonged, flowing and carefully massaged drinking experience that drapes over the senses with some studied intensity and lots of intriguing complexity. This wine nails that perfect balance between power and elegance (that elusive exchange that so many winemakers hope to achieve) with effortless precision. Bold cherry fruit and spice are tightly woven together. In the mouth, the wine shows texture, depth and succulence. Generally speaking, this is not my favorite vintage in Montalcino, but this wine suddenly made me forget that thought.

98 Points Wine Spectator

Flavors of medicinal herbs, juniper, macerated cherry, plum, tobacco and spice are the hallmarks of this intense red. Ripe and concentrated, yet sleek and focused, with spice notes chiming in on the long, minerally and firmly tannic finish. Best from 2023 through 2040.

97 Points James Suckling

The density is so impressive in this great single-vineyard wine of Casanova. It’s full yet agile at the same time. Shows such integrated tannins and fresh acidity at the finish. Energized and focused. Tangy and citrusy. Mineral undertone. One of the great Brunellos of 2012. Better in 2022.

2011 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

No Wine Produced This Year

2010 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

100 Points James Suckling

This is very tannic and powerful with loads of currants, spices and hints of wood. So much stone and mineral character to this. Violets, too. Full-bodied, tight and structured. Massively dense yet agile and bright. It goes on for minutes. Needs at least three or four years to soften. Try in 2020.

99 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

This is a towering achievement. It is delightful on every level. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is an expressive, exuberant and stunning wine that opens to a dark ruby color and rich consistency. The bouquet is never-ending with immediate intensity that is followed closely by finely-tuned aromas of black cherry, spice, grilled herb, clove, tobacco, wet earth and white truffle. A gorgeous display of elegant mineral tones rises from the bouquet with time.

Later, those aromas turn to cola, licorice and tar. This wine showed an impressive evolution over the 24 hours I tasted it and delivered solid improvements each time. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, and there’s enough power here to move the wine over the palate in seamless fashion. This is a bottle for the back of your cellar.

95 Points Wine Spectator

Effusive and fresh, this red exhibits black currant, cherry, strawberry, cedar and leather aromas and flavors. Rich and concentrated, turning more elegant with air. The oak becomes more integrated after a few hours and the long finish picks up elements of mineral and tobacco. Best from 2018 through 2033.

2009 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

No Wine Produced This Year

2008 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

96 Points James Suckling

This is truly impressive for the vintage. Few remember 2008 but this has so much violet, stone and berry aromas. Slate too. Full-bodied, firm and silky. Perfect now.

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto comes from a more challenging vintage for Casanova di Neri with a cooler growing season and more moisture. In fact, the mouthfeel here is noticeably thinner compared to the stunning wines made from this vineyard in 2007 and 2006. Cerretalto is so immensely soft and luscious it is almost too much of a good thing. Rich spice, cherry, chocolate and crushed granite wrap thickly around the palate. Drink: 2017-2026.

90 Points Wine Spectator

This is rich, with touches of oak spice, vanilla and cedar shavings framing the pure cherry flavors. This firm version shows power and persistence on the finish. 950 cases made.

2007 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

100 Points Wine Enthusiast

It takes only a few moments before you appreciate the enormity, intensity and overall beauty of this landmark wine. Cerretalto is always a high scoring expression of Brunello, but the ideal conditions of the 2007 vintage elevate it to earthly perfection. Dark and fleshy, the wine delivers ever-evolving aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, spice and tobacco. The acidity is carefully balanced against the wine’s thickness and rich texture. The finish is long, luscious and elegant.

97 Points James Suckling

Wonderful aromas of dried berries and raspberries with hints of milk chocolate and blueberries. Full body, with velvety tannins and a long delicious finish. Drink now or hold. Wonderful wine as always.

96 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is racier and more polished at this stage than the 2006. It boasts superb aromatics, silky tannins and extraordinary textural finesse. I imagine the 2007 will be immensely appealing upon release. Today it is stunning. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027.

95 Points Wine Spectator

Pure cherry and blackberry fruit mingles with mineral, spice and earth notes in this modern-styled red. Graphite elements emerge as the bright acidity and dusty tannins drive the lingering finish. Fresh, focused and long, with fine complexity and seamless texture. Best from 2016 through 2035.

2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

99 Points James Suckling

Aromas of ripe strawberries, sandalwood, and flowers follow though to a full body, with soft tannins and a fruity finish. This is so long and gorgeous, with intense fruit and a defined and beautiful structure. Amazing fruit at the finish. Gorgeous now, but will age beautifully. The palate builds and show such depth. So wonderful now, but better in 2015.

98 Points Wine Enthusiast

Cerretalto delivers aromas of natural complexity and oak-driven tones of cinnamon, clove, chocolate and exotic spice. The fruit is dark, dense and ripe. There’s extra roundness and density in the mouth that holds together the wine’s firm tannins and its crisp, acidic component. Hold 10–20 more years. Cellar Selection.

95 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto emerges from the glass with layers of beautifully delineated dark fruit, flowers, mint, licorice and violets. It possesses terrific richness and nuance in a full-bodied, structured style that captures the essence of this great vintage. Big, powerful tannins provide the backdrop for expressive, super-ripe aromas and flavors. The 2006 needs time to soften, but it is immensely promising. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.

95 Points Wine Spectator

A rich style, boasting macerated cherry and raspberry, leather and licorice flavors. Starting to meld with the dense tannins, which are mouthcoating and almost chewy on the long finish. This has excellent intensity, with a serious seam of mineral that permeates the aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2035.

2005 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

No Wine Produced This Year

2004 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

99 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

As you can well imagine, the 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto was absolutely explosive on the palate, and even more so because it followed the stylistically traditional, more understated and more ethereal wines from Montalcino in this tasting–such as Cerbaiona and Salvioni. Giacomo Neri’s Brunello would stand tall among the wines from Bolgheri and coastal Tuscany, given the thicker extraction, textural richness and power he strives to achieve.

Despite the more robust Bordelaise style, the wine maintains a brilliant sense of balance, finesse and poise that is only evident in the greatest expressions of Brunello. When Robert Parker and I asked our audience to name their favorite wines in this flight of ten, the Cerretalto and the Masseto garnished the most votes. The wine is supple and velvety in texture with a long, polished finished. My favorite quality in great Brunello are the balsam herb aromas you get with Sangiovese that is ripened with deep diurnal shifts between day and nighttime temperatures right before harvest. This wine delivers those in spades.

98 Points Wine Spectator

Very powerful and rich, with blackberry, licorice and light toasty oak. This has pure fruit. Turns exotic and decadent. Full-bodied, with dense, powerful tannins, but velvety and beautiful. Big and powerful. Layered and gorgeous. Best from 2011 through 2018.

2003 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

No Wine Produced This Year

2002 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

No Wine Produced This Year

2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

100 Points James Suckling

Fabulous. Breathtaking nose with aromas of dark berries, aniseed, meat, and mint. Full and soft with such beauty. The tannins are totally resolved now and caress the palate. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Phenomenal. Decanted about two hours before serving. A wine that I originally scored 100 points and it remains a perfect wine.

100 Points Wine Spectator

It’s hard to think of a more concentrated, layered young Brunello, with aromas of crushed berries, treacle tart, light raisin, coffee and chocolate that follow effortlessly to the palate. Full-bodied, with chewy yet velvety tannins and a long, long finish. The wine develops wonderfully in the glass, getting fruitier with every minute. A great wine with extraordinary depth. One of the greatest Brunellos of all time.

96 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Proprietor Giacomo Neri has turned out another terrific Brunello in his 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto. Made in a jam-packed style, this deeply-colored wine explodes from the glass with the essence of blackberries, smoke, tar, chocolate and sweet toasted oak, showing outstanding length and ripe tannins. It is a big, plush Brunello to cellar for a year or two and drink over the following decade. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.

2000 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Reviews

96 Points Wine Enthusiast

Bravo Giacomo Neri! This wine raises the bar on modern Brunello and offers a peek view into the future and potential of this incredibly expressive wine. Super concentrated and intense, whiffs of roasted espresso bean, tannery, summer-ripe black cherries, and porcini mushrooms peel back layer after layer. A firmly tannic touch is there to remind you to drink this wine anytime after ten years.

93 Points Wine Spectator

Subtle yet rich for the vintage, with cedar, blackberry and licorice aromas. Full-bodied, with lovely silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Layers of refined, polished tannins. Very fine for the vintage. Best after 2006.

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Neri’s 2000 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is another powerful, muscular effort. Its aromatics are somewhat suppressed by the hot vintage, and although it offers plenty of fruit and notable expansiveness on the palate it lacks the nuance and depth of expression of the stunning 1999. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.