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Dark ruby in color. Blackberry, mint and mineral aromas follow through to a full body, with superpolished tannins and a long, long finish. This is structured and very beautiful. Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2013.
The 2005 Pietradonice, also from vines in Sant-Antimo, reveals an inky color along with open, warm aromatics from the toasted oak. It is silky-textured and opulent on the palate, with layers of blackberries, blueberries, cassis, spices, minerals and sweet toasted oak that flow as the wine opens in the glass. The tannins are well-integrated and the wine offers outstanding balance. In 2005 the Pietradonice is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon rather than the typical 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Sangiovese blend. The wine was aged in 300-liter barrels of which approximately half were new. Pietradonice remains one of the most promising wines of its type, especially given that the vines were only planted between 1993 and 1996. If the vines can get to the point where they express more varietal character this could very well turn out to be an exceptional wine in future vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2017.
“Casanova di Neri is one of the shining stars of Montalcino. Each successive vintage released brings us a renewed understanding of the focus and the dedication demonstrated by the father and son team that operates this estate. The winemaking style is impeccable and elaborate. There’s a higher degree of texture and richness on display, and this is not often the case with Sangiovese.”
-Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Famous for their bottlings of Brunello di Montalcino, Casanova di Neri sets itself apart from other establishments in that it also produces wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Vermentino, and Grechetto in addition to the mandated Sangiovese. The estate was founed in 1971 by Giovanni Neri, and its 155 acres are still family-owned and operated. The vineyards are planted on alluvial stone, degraded rock, iron and magnesium soils, and produce all the grapes for the three single-vineyard wines, two standard Brunellos and one Rosso di Montalcino. The winery today prides itself in being mostly underground where the processes can be kept in a natural, cool temperature without the use of air-conditioning.
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