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Casanova di Neri White Label Brunello di Montalcino Reviews





Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label



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2018 Casanova di Neri White Label

Brunello di Montalcino

Reviews



94 Pointz Wine Spectator

A bright, fruity style, this red offers cherry, strawberry, currant, white pepper and mineral flavors. Reveals almond and earth accents as this extends on the finish. Features fine balance and mouthwatering length. Best from 2025 through 2042.



93 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


The 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino pours a rich ruby hue with a hint of garnet and reveals aromas of red cherry, red plum, leather, and rosemary. It is medium-bodied, with fine tannins and an elegant texture, iron-rich minerality, and notes of red plum, fresh earth, and pine. Refreshing with its acidity and well-balanced, this is a great wine for the value. Drink 2023-2033.



93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


With a special commemorative label that celebrates its 40th birthday (19782018), the Casanova di Neri 2018 Brunello di Montalcino is lush and carefully concentrated to offer intensity and textural richness. The bright fruit remains intact in this wine, with plenty of cherry and blackberry, in an encouraging nod to the future cellar potential of this bottle. Many Brunellos from this vintage reveal faded or dried fruit, but thankfully not this wine. The acidity is mild, falling softly to the background, and the tannins are expertly managed. Only the finish is a bit leaner and quicker than anticipated. The wine ages in large oak casks for 42 months, and this year's production is an ample 105,000 bottles. Happy anniversary




93 Pointz Vinous


The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino keeps me coming back to the glass to take in its pretty bouquet of dusty florals, exotic spices, and dried strawberries. This is like pure silk on the palate, seamless and supple, with depths of dark red fruit and mineral tones that add a more tactile feel toward the close. Balsam herbs, cedar, and tobacco all resonate throughout the long and dramatic finale, as fine tannins frame the experience with youthful poise. As is often the case, Casanova di Neri is a master at creating one of the region's most balanced and enjoyable entry-level Brunellos.



92 Pointz James Suckling


Lots of clean cherry and plummy character to the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied with dense, chewy tannins and a long finish. Lovely freshness of fruit here, but give the tannins a year or two to sink in. 40th anniversary bottling. Best from 2024.



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


91 Pointz Decanter


Celebrating its 40th anniversary with this 2018 release, Casanova di Neri's ‘Etichetta Bianca' has been made since 1978. It blends fruit from plots in the Torrenieri area, where the estate was first established. Tasted five months after bottling, the 2018 is still emerging from its wood-ageing cocoon. Cedar and grilled meat eventually give way to wild mountain blossoms. It's angular at this stage as nervous acidity, granular tannins, and polished oak wrap around sinewy fruit - it needs time to come together but shows promise on the finish, signing off with juicy cherry and enticing truffle.




2017 Casanova di Neri White Label

Brunello di Montalcino

Reviews




93 Pointz Wine Spectator

This fleshy red is introduced by graphite, mint, and wild herb aromas, with plum and cherry flavors as the main themes and earth, tobacco, and underbrush notes in supporting roles. Balanced, ending in a savory aftertaste. Best from 2025 through 2020."



92 Pointz Vinous


Dusty florals, musky cherry, and raspberry with hints of mentholated herbs waft up from the 2017 Brunello di Montalcino. This is enveloping and soft, with sweet exotic spices and juicy, vibrant acidity giving way to tart wild berries and rosy inner florals. There's amazing length, hard red candies and violets, and sweet tannin that goes on and on, creating a somewhat chewy yet also fresh expression. The 2017 benefits from all of the fruit that would usually go into the single-vineyard Cerretalto Brunello, though even with

it, production is down by 35%. That said, this is stunning juice.



91 Pointz James Suckling


A firm and chewy 2017 that is slightly austere but still provides a lively and dark-fruited palate. Medium to full body. Give this a year or two to soften. Try after 2023.



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


91 Pointz Decanter


Casanova di Neri's ‘white label' is crafted from the estate's vineyards in Montalcino's northeast. The 2017 edition also sees grapes from Cerretalto included, which is usually bottled separately. It emerges slowly, giving scents of violets, yellow broom, and mint. The palate is currently a bit angular but the core reaches deep. It hints promisingly at cherry, clay, iron, and graphite. An intriguing, intricate expression with noteworthy freshness. Give this a year to flesh out.




2016 Casanova di Neri White Label

Brunello di Montalcino

Reviews



95 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino has compelling aromatics of cherry liqueur, sweet licorice, cedar, and forested earth. The palate is crystalline and full-bodied, with red plum skin and warming spice. There is a lot to love here, as this wine casts a large net for its versatility. Enjoy some now and lay some down, this is a great value.



95 Pointz Wine Spectator


Shows fine depth, with cherry, black currant, and wild herb flavors, accented by iron, earth, leather, and tobacco notes. Muscular, despite a slim frame, with a long, savory aftertaste.



94 Pointz Vinous


Casanova di Neri's 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a wine of pleasurable contrasts but also massive structure. Ripe dark fruits and autumnal spices offset savory herbs and hints of animal musk. It enters the mouth silky, cooling, and lifted, with a noticeable inner sweetness to its polished cherry/berry flavors, but it then sways more toward inner earth, minerals, and grippy tannins. The 2016 urges you to take another sip, as there’s so much upfront appeal; yet each time you do, it reminds you once again that it’s a painfully young Brunello in need of cellaring. That said, the potential here is incredibly high.



94 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


The Casanova di Neri 2016 Brunello di Montalcino (or the so-called "white label" Brunello) takes a minute or two to open, and like all these new releases from the Neri family, you're best off opening your bottle five hours before serving them. This classic expression displays raspberry, tar, hazelnut, dried fig, asphalt, and some crushed chalk. The wine is streamlined and compact in terms of mouthfeel, giving us an accessible Brunello from a benchmark Montalcino estate.


93 Pointz James Suckling


Tile and balsamic aromas with red plums and cherries. Full-bodied with a pretty center palate and ripe, rich fruit. It’s a little timid now, but shows violets, bark, and black cherries at the finish.



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


95 Pointz Decanter


The 2016 vintage was marked by significant day and nighttime temperature differences. Gianlorenzo Neri says this was particularly pronounced in Montalcino’s northeast, where the vineyards for the estate’s ‘white label’ are found. With beautiful focus off the bat, this grabs your attention immediately. Black raspberry and wild cherry give way to liquorice, wet stones, and smoke. The fruit is velvety, but quickly hemmed in by powdery, grippy tannins which retreat a bit on the finish, likes waves, leaving rose and violets in their wake. Vibrant and racy.




2015 Casanova di Neri White Label

Brunello di Montalcino

Reviews


94 Pointz James Suckling


There’s beauty and drinkability to this wine that really is enticing with blueberry and cherry aromas, as well as hints of hot stone and licorice. Medium to full body, integrated tannins, and a fresh and polished finish. Shows focus and brightness.



94 Pointz Robert 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. Some 95,376 bottles were made. It was bottled in June 2019, and it hit the market in January 2020. You might want more from the aromatics (while you wait for the bouquet to come around), but this wine goes gangbusters in terms of mid-palate and overall texture.



94 Pointz Vinous


Good deep red. Saline aromas and flavors of red cherry, blueberries, herbs, blood orange, and sweet spices. Smooth and long on the bright, very sweet finish. Really quite good.



93 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck



The 2015 Brunello Di Montalcino is all Sangiovese that was destemmed and spent a whopping 43 months in barrel. Dense ruby/plum-hued, with lots of mulled red and black fruits as well as notes of tobacco leaf, licorice, and baking spices, it's a rich, concentrated Brunello that stays tight and compact on the palate, with firm tannins, nicely integrated acidity, and a solid finish. Made in a more savory, almost austere style, it needs 3-4 years of bottle age.



92 Pointz Wine Spectator



Rich, featuring plum, cherry, earth, and wild herb aromas and flavors. The flesh and fruit are matched by firm, dusty tannins. Balanced and fruity, this ends with iron and earth accents. Fine length. Best from 2022 through 2036.


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


94 Pointz 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 flavours. 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.



2014 Casanova di Neri White Label

Brunello di Montalcino

Reviews



93 Pointz Vinous



Bright deep red. Perfumed nose of red cherry, Oriental spices, flint, and graphite. Rich, dense, and suave on entry, then lighter and more linear in the middle, but with a plush juicy mouthfeel that makes it hard to put the glass back down once you’ve started tasting it. Very pure black/red cherry and spice flavors linger impressively on the long, refreshing finish. A knockout 2014 Brunello that lacks the size of the bigger vintages (very appropriately, I may add, given what the 2014 growing season was like) but showcases enchanting purity and grace. Very well done.



92 Pointz James Suckling



Wild red fruit and orange zest with cedar and wild herbs. The cherries here are fresh and lively and the tannins cut a sturdy, even frame around impressively long, fresh flavors. The only Brunello made here in 2014; there are no single vineyard bottlings. Drink or hold.



92 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate



This is the white label Brunello from Giacomo Neri and his son Giovanni. The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino is faithful to the vintage with a compact and streamlined style that suggests a near or medium-term drinking window. In general, I am hesitant to recommend this vintage for any significant cellar aging, and one reason is because these wines perform nicely straight out of the gate. The same goes for this relatively easy expression that is redolent of wild berry, rose hip, blue flower, and moist potting soil. Because the Brunelli Tenuta Nuova and Cerretalto were not made in this vintage, this wine represents a blend of fruit from across the estate. This is the first time this has happened at Casanova di Neri.



91 Pointz Wine Spectator



Alluring aromas and flavors of pure cherry, raspberry and wild rose mark this round red. The firm structure is well-integrated and the finish echoes the fruit, while adding a mineral element. Offers a tactile, chalky finish.


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



92 Pointz Decanter



For the first time in Casanova di Neri's history, the white-label Brunello incorporates grapes usually destined for their Tenuta Nuova and Cerretalto bottlings. The grapes were given a brief maceration so as not to extract any bitter tannins, yielding an immediately approachable midweight red. Dusty cherry, cranberry, and redcurrant notes grace the nose and palate, with red rose and white pepper lending complexity. The tannins are fine and provide a subtle grip, while taut, tart acidity demands a rich, meaty pasta sauce. This will sit well at the dinner table. Drinking Window 2019 - 202




2013 Casanova di Neri White Label

Brunello di Montalcino

Reviews


94 Pointz Vinous



Luminous deep red. Captivating aromas of sweet red berries, cinnamon, violet, and licorice. Then also very fruity in the mouth; refined, juicy red plum and raspberry flavors linger brightly on the fresh back end. Has a delightful red fruit cocktail quality that makes it practically impossible to put the glass back down. And though it is simply bursting at the seams with early appeal, this truly lovely Brunello will also age well. Unless my memory fails me, this may well be the best entry-level wine from Casanova di Neri that I have ever tasted.



93 Pointz James Suckling



This is a typical 2013 with a sweetness of fruit and plums. Citrus undertones. Medium to full body, ultra-fine tannins, and a lively finish.

93 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

It's that time of year: get your Neri on. This blockbuster Montalcino estate has released another fantastic collection of new wines, including the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino. Beautifully executed, the wine oozes forth from the glass with round, supple, and velvety fruit. This Brunello Annata is luscious and deep, with millefoglie aromatic layering that peels back slowly and carefully. The mouthfeel is less elaborate compared to the estate's top expressions, but the bouquet does much to push this score into the low nineties. Some 80,000 bottles were produced.



93 Pointz Wine Spectator



This is focused, with a vivid structure driving the cherry, leather, spice and earth flavors. Dusty tannins follow up, while this remains fresh on the lingering finish. Best from 2020 through 2033.



2012 Casanova di Neri White Label

Brunello di Montalcino

Reviews



95 Pointz Wine Spectator


Effusive aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, floral, mineral, and tobacco are at the center of this linear, vibrant red. Well-structured, this offers terrific length on the sinewy finish. Best from 2020 through 2035.



93 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


Casanova di Neri is one of the shining stars of Montalcino. Each successive vintage released brings us 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. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino opens to thick layers of dark fruit, mocha, spice, leather, cigar box, and pipe tobacco. A distant note of dried fruit or blackberry confit adds softness and sweetness. Give this wine a few more years to flesh out and integrate.



92 Pointz James Suckling



A wine with balance and finesse as well as a solid core of fruit that leads to a long and silky finish. Just the right combination of subtle ripe fruit and balsamic vinegar undertones. So pretty. Drink or hold.

91 Pointz Vinous


Bright red with a pale rim. Sweet spices, red cherry, and camphor are immediately obvious on the nose, while an herbal note clears wth aeration. The red cherry note repeats on the palate, where it’s complicated by hints of tobacco and sweet chocolate. Long and vibrant but very suave, this really improved in the glqss so decant about four hours ahead at least (in fact, Giacomo Neri told me he believes this would have tasted better eight hours after opening, and even more so if tasted the next day). Lovely Brunello.



2011 Casanova di Neri White Label

Brunello di Montalcino

Reviews



92 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate



Giacomo Neri has produced a very approachable wine in this warm vintage. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is plump and juicy with loads of dark fruit and mild spice at the back. It doesn't have the depth or complexity of the gorgeous 2010 vintage, but the wine does a very good job presenting the main traits you look for in Brunello. The fruit is lively and the acidity gives the wine a sense of buoyancy and brightness. The tannins are very well integrated. It doesn't reach Brunello greatness, but it is a good Brunello.



92 Pointz Wine Spectator



Elegant and detailed, offering floral, strawberry, cherry, and spice aromas and flavors. On the lean side at the end, finishing with lively acidity. Best from 2017 through 2027.



2010 Casanova di Neri White Label

Brunello di Montalcino

Reviews



96 Pointz James Suckling



Gorgeous aromas of sea salt, savory, smoked meats and dried fruits follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a long and intense finish. So beautiful and enticing. Goes on for minutes. Excellent quality for the standard bottling of this winery. Better in 2016.



96 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate



The outstanding 2010 Brunello di Montalcino gives you everything you want to see in a great wine, a great Tuscan wine. This monumental expression of Sangiovese delivers top-notch intensity with seamless integration of aromas. They span from dark fruit and Morello cherry to chocolate, spice, licorice, balsam herb and rosemary sprig. The energy and vitality of the vintage is locked perfectly within. This Brunello exhibits especially soft, silky tannins with long persistence and momentum. There is nothing out of place and the price tag is certainly not exaggerated for this level of excellence.



94 Pointz Wine Spectator



A whiff of spice gives way to ripe cherry, raspberry, and earth flavors in this lively, supple red. This is all about texture and elegance, with the fine balance making this feel effortless. The lingering aftertaste evokes tobacco, leather and spice notes. Best from 2018 through 2033.



91 Pointz Vinous


Black cherries, plums, lavender, smoke, spices, and wild flowers jump from the glass in the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. Today, the flavors are bright and primary, while the tannins are tightly wound. I would prefer to drink the 2010 sooner rather than later, though, while the fruit retains its vibrancy. The Brunello di Montalcino, often informally called the 'white label', is aged exclusively in cask.



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