98 points James Suckling: "Lovely ripe fruit on the nose, with cranberries, plums, morello cherries, white truffles, red tea and white pepper. The tannins are very fine, creamy and expansive. Coating and generous, yet fresh. Wonderful length and depth. From a 7-hectare parcel of 50-year old vines. Try this from 2025. (6/15/22)"
97 points Susan Hulme (The Wine Independent): "This 2018 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Giovanni Neri is the first release of a brand new addition to their portfolio. It comes from a 7 hectare vineyard close to Tenuta Sesta in the south-eastern part of the Montalcino DOCG which they bought in 2017. The vineyard was planted in 1973 and has some 50 year old vines surrounded by forest. It faces south-east so gets the gentler, early morning sun and the soil is rocky and mainly galestro. Black/ruby in colour, the nose is lighter, more open and less dominated by oak allowing brighter and more joyful fruit elements to come forward. On the palate it still has plenty of tannins, but they are of a different nature – much more silty-textured and refined. This is a very exciting new development and moving much more in the direction of finesse. Alcohol 14.5%. Drink: 2024-2043. (5/28/23)"
97 points Falstaff Guide: "Clear ruby with a brightening rim. Very clear, ripe fruit, blackberries, dark plums and black cherries, in the background slightly of molasses. Presents itself on the palate with lots of fruit expression, very clear, opens with fine, slightly grippy tannin, polished, juicy and long. Alcohol 14.5%. (3/17/23)"
96 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): "Here's an exciting and important new addition to the Casanova di Neri portfolio. The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Giovanni Neri is shapely and enriched in an extremely pleasing manner. The Neri family has perfected its approach to concentration and fruit weight over the many years they have been making excellent wines. This wine gives the appearance of being full-bodied, but ultimately, it reveals a very elegant side. Ripe cherry and blackberry cede to oak spice, toast and crushed white stone. The tannins are softly pliable and sweet. Compared to the estate's other wines, Tenuta Nuova and Cerretalto, Giovanni Neri is finer and more delicate, even fragile in personality. Some 5,400 bottles were made in this inaugural release. Drink: 2025-2045. (3/9/23)"
95 points Wine Spectator: "This red is finely woven, with cherry and black currant fruit shaded by floral, mineral and black pepper aromas and flavors. Supple and fluid, with superb balance and vibrant acidity driving the fruity aftertaste. Best from 2025 through 2045. 450 cases made, 50 cases imported. (6/30/23)"
94 points Eric Guido (Vinous): "I have long awaited the first rendition of the Giovanni Neri Brunello di Montalcino, and the 2018 does not disappoint. Here I’m finding a beguiling mix of lavender, white pepper and crushed stone giving way to dried black cherries and foreign spice. This washes across the palate with a supple wave of ripe red berries carried by vibrant acidity, as nuances of sour citrus and clove resonate throughout. Its tannins are crunchy, almost chiseled in feel, yet coupled with a staining of primary concentration that lingers under an air of violet inner florals, tapering off with tremendous length and structured for a long and balanced maturation. Made from vines that are 50 years old, the Giovanni Neri hails from a vineyard acquired in the southeast of Montalcino. This is a fabulous debut bottling. Drink: 2025-2033. (Dec 2022)"
94 points Michaela Morris (Decanter): "Casanova di Neri’s newest Brunello hails from a 7ha plot purchased in 2017. In the slightly untamed area of Sesta, in Montalcino’s southeast, the vineyard boasts vines over 50 years of age. A superbly multifaceted wine, it expresses becoming scents of aromatic herbs and blood orange. Velvety layers of fleshy persimmon and ample pliable tannins are countered by citrussy acidity. There's a crunch of pomegranate as well as chocolatey depths of exotic carob. Plenty of verve and vibration here. Drinking Window: 2024-2036. (Nov 2022)"
|Producer||Casanova di Neri|
|SubRegion||Brunello di Montalcino DOCG|