The 2016 Brunello do Montalcino is beginning to be recognised as superior to the 2015, which in itself was seen as the successor to 2010. In short, 2016 is shaping up as the greatest modern vintage of Brunello di Montalcino! This afternoon we are thrilled to release the epic Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova 2016. We released the 2010 at £485 per case of six which since received a perfect score from The Wine Advocate. It has subsequently since risen to a market price of £900 per case, the 2006 trades above £650 per case, the 2009 and 2008 trade above £600 per six. The 2015 that released last year has already increased 17% to £410, on its path upwards. The market understands the brilliance of this Estate and anyone who backs the quality of the 2016 vintage will own a piece of wine making history, making excellent profit along the way.

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The release price today is £395 per case of six and awarded 99 points from James Suckling who aptly comments ‘Wonderful strength and purity to this. Class is the word.’ It has been awarded 97+ from Monica Larner of The Wine Advcoate who declares it as one of her ‘sweetheart wines from Montalcino.’ Announcing the flavour profile ‘You get bright cherry, rose potpourri, black truffle, caramel, butterscotch, sandalwood, road pavement and chalky mineral. In fact, each time I come back to this wine, that mineral element seemed to grow in intensity and scope.’ That paints a mouth-watering picture. Eric Guido of Vinous rounds this off with 96 points ‘The Tenuta Nuova already has so much to give, yet it will be many years before it reaches its apex. Wow.’
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 sited at 250-300 metres above sea level with a southeast facing exposure. It 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 sited 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 Nouva 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 de Neri is loved globally, capturing the warmth of the southern reaches of Montalcino. Tenuta Nuova is perennially exceptional, however the 2016 is a future legend. Less than 4,000 cases were made, which equates to fewer than 1,500 for European markets and as one might expect it will sell out instantly.