In early March we released the 100 point scoring Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova 2010, which sold out within an hour – we have been looking for another well-priced parcel since then. In ten or twenty years’ time, when people talk about the greatest Brunello vintage ever, the 2010, they will talk about Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova. It was one of only two wines in the entire vintage that received a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, the most important and influential critic magazine. The other, Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna Delle Grazie, already trades above £750 per six bottles, however this received 94 points from James Suckling. Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova on the other hand received 99 points from Suckling, making it bilaterally the wine of the vintage.
What is a 100 point Parker wine worth? A 100 point score from the Wine Advocate is perceived as the highest critical accolade a wine can receive and as such the 100 point hallmark typically doubles a wine’s price in the short term and makes it highly collectible in the long-term, sending the price skywards. In the history of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, these aforementioned 2010s are the only Brunellos ever to receive 100 points. Up until the 2010 vintage the 1990 Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva was considered one of, if not, the greatest ever Brunello; it trades today at £4,200 per case of six and boasts 98 points. In 2010, less than 4,000 cases of the Tenuta Nuova were made, which equates to fewer than 1,500 for European markets and as one might expect there is very little remaining; in ten years’ time, wine enthusiasts who want a 100 point Brunello will pay through the nose for this Tenuta Nuova. Today it is £485 for a case of six bottles and therefore the lowest priced 100 point wine we have ever offered! Coming back to the initial question, what is a 100 point Parker wine worth, considerably more than £485.
The 2010 is a wine for the ages, it will improve in bottle for decades, its drinking window is 2017 – 2035. As such we have decided to offer a special deal on the 2008. The 2008 scored 94 points from the Wine Spectator and James Suckling and we can offer it on its own at the market lowest price of £185 per case of six. It is a very fine Tenuta Nuova, which, unlike the 2010, has entered its drinking window, 2013 – 2020. There is very little 2008 left in the market and older vintages of leading Brunello di Montalcino are hard to source.
Special Offer, 2010 and 2008 – £635 for a case of each – 5% reduction
We are delighted to offer a special 2010 and 2008 joint price of £635 for a case of each, reducing the 2008 to £175 per case and £460 for the 2010. The market lowest price on the 2010 is £515 and £190 for the 2008. This special parcel allows collectors to own a case of the 2008 vintage to drink now and a case of the 2010, to age and drink from 2017 onwards, or to resell for a healthy profit in five to ten years’ time.
Casanova de Neri was founded in 1971 by Giovanni Neri who in 1991 handed the reigns down to his son Giacomo and in forty years has established a remarkable reputation. The vineyards consist of 36 hectares divided into four distinctive areas; Le Cetine cited in Sant’Angelo, in Colle; Il Pietradonice in Castelnuovo dell’Abate and Il Cerretalto and Il Fiesole, which are found close to the Estate’s farmhouse, directly facing the hill of Montalcino.
Tenuta Nuova is the summit of the Neri family’s winemaking prowess, sourced from the Pietrodonice and Le Cetine vineyards. The Pietrodonice vineyard is cited at 250-300 meters above sea level with a southeast facing exposure. This vineyard is one of the most remarkable in the world, as it is planted on an old onyx quarry, rich in Galestro and naturally, onyx. Le Cetine vineyard is cited 275-320 metres above sea level, with southwest exposure. The soil is rich in galestro, tuffa and clay, surrounded and thus protected by woods. Tenuta Nuova receives the very best grapes form these vineyards, which are rigorously sorted, de-stemmed and passed into the gravity filled fermentation vats. Fermentation is started without using yeast additives and maceration takes place in open conical vats controlled for three to four weeks. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 30 months and then 15 months in bottle.
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2010, 6×75 – £485 IB or £596.76 incl duty and VAT
Wine advocate, Monica Larner 100 Points, tasted Feb 2015
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is a protagonist of the vintage. The fruit is deep and dark with rich levels of extract, intensity and flavor. It goes far beyond your standard cherry and blackberry to include plum cake, spice bread and bacon-wrapped prune. Nothing is obvious or monochromatic about this wine. Everything is nuanced and ethereal. Tenuta Nuova is also distinguished by the linear mineral notes that are characteristic of this single-vineyard site. In 2010, those traits are especially well-defined and pronounced. The tannins reach a level of suppleness that is almost impossible to find in the sometimes prickly and acidic Sangiovese grape. If there is one thing Giacomo Neri has mastered, it is harvesting at optimal ripeness: He knows his property and his vines better than most and it shows. Collectors will want to put this wine aside ten years or longer.
Giacomo Neri has produced one of the two 100-point wines I discovered in my tasting of 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. His newest release from the exceptional Tenuta Nuova vineyard cru is a wine of soaring intensity, beauty and perfection. It’s one of those wines you can’t put down until the contents of the bottle have sadly dwindled to the final drops of precious liquid. The style is bold and opulent and the 2010 vintage is especially nuanced with the subtle beauty that only Sangiovese can display. Drink 2017 – 2035
James Suckling 99 Points, tasted Jan 2015
This is very muscular for the vintage. It shows lots of stones, dark fruits and hints of tar. Full body, firm tannins and a chewy texture. Ripe and rich, but shows tension and intensity. This is racy and structured. Tannic now but will show its greatness in 2018. As it should be from one of the masters, but the new hand of his son Giovanni Neri is showing through with a touch more finesse.
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2008, 6×75 – £185 IB or £236.76 incl duty and VAT
Wine Spectator, Bruce Sanderson 94 Points, tasted Feb 2015
The sawdust and graphite aromas turn to cherry and raspberry flavors in this vibrant, complex red. A beam of sweet fruit imparts energy and resonance, carrying this to a long, expansive aftertaste. The finish shows potential. Best from 2016 through 2035. 8,200 cases made.
James Suckling 94 Points, tasted Jan 2013
This is very floral with blackberries on the nose. It’s full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a ripe fruit, caramel and berry aftertaste. Delicious for the vintage. One of the wines of the vintage. Better in 2015.
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