In the early 1970’s the Neri Family struck gold when they were able to lock into an abandoned estate in the Northeast corner of Montalcino. They named it Casanova di Neri and together Giacomo and his two sons Giovanni and Gianlorenzo have managed their six vineyards spanning 75 hectares as well as they manage the cellar.
They’ve managed to do quite well for themselves too. Every year for the past decade plus, Casanova di Neri is amongst the highest rated wineries in all of Montalcino, consistently outperforming many of the bigger names. But those who know, know. You’re not going to find much better than Neri.
Their black label is a consistent 98+ point fetcher, especially in great vintages like the 2015 vintage and as you might expect, the pricetag starts at $125/bottle.
But for my money – the best overall offering from the estate is their ‘White Label’ — a beauty sculpted off a Southeastern sloped vineyard between 350-500 meters and very close to the cellar. As such, the grapes are brought immediately in and into large used oak barrels. There they take a 42-45 month slumber, building elegance to match the immense power and concentration and the bones required for aging.
In the outstanding 2015 vintage in Brunello that James Suckling referred to as, “a fairytale” it’s no surprise that the Neri boys once again churned out something special. Dense and concentrated yet bursting with energy and freshness. This gives you the best of both worlds. The critics unanimously loved it, with all four who reviewed it coming in at 93+ points or higher and garnering a triple 94-point score.
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94 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The Neri family has created a classic expression of Sangiovese from a classic vintage, while remaining faithful to the house style. In a nutshell, these wines always tend to offer dark plum, clove and fig confit over the tiny berry and blue flower aromas you get from the traditionalists. That said, this Brunello needs ample time to open, and I suggest you splash it into the decanter. The Casanova di Neri 2015 Brunello di Montalcino (this is the one with the white label) stays safely within your expectation of the vintage with its variety-driven aromas of wild berry, licorice, blue flower and balsam herb. This wine sees fruit sourced from a vineyard on the northeast side of Montalcino, with Galestro soils ranging from 330 to 480 meters above sea level….this wine goes gangbusters in terms of mid-palate and overall texture.”
94 Points, Decanter
The Casanova di Neri estate is located in the northeastern zone of Torrenieri. Besides five distinct sites there, the Neri family also has three vineyards in the south between the villages of Sant’Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell’Abate. The ‘white label’ as this Brunello is called blends plots from the cooler Torrenieri area. It is mid-weight and classy, offering gleaming bright, fresh red cherry flavors. Hints of rust and warm stone as well as subtle sweet spice add complexity. Tactile but fine sandy tannins give appropriate support and the finish is vibrant and perfumed.