As many of the Brunello '16s start to roll out, there are a few that rise above the rest, and Tenuta Nuova is one of those bottles that is pure magic. This iconic wine is one of Brunello's greats and a stunningly classic vintage for this long, storied wine. Tenuta Nuova was a project created by Casanova di Neri and completed some 30 years ago with the idea of planting Sangiovese where it has not been before. After extensive scientific research of microclimates and exposures, they determined the best clones, rootstocks, cultivation practices, plant density per hectare, and every possible particular to obtain excellent Sangiovese grapes. The Tenuta Nuova is designed to be as perfect as possible. That level of detail is carried over to the fermentation room, where their three-tiered facility allows the transport of wine with gravity, which helps the retain its beautiful aromatics, tannin, and color. The 2017 Tenuta Nuova is a powerful, complex, and extraordinary expression of Sangiovese that should prove outstanding over the next decade.
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 97+ points! "This is one of my sweetheart wines from Montalcino. The Casanova di Neri 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova offers a long list of aromas on an ever-shifting and fluid bouquet. 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. The wine offers a grounded fruit side that is contrasted nicely against a grounded oak component. The mouthfeel is creamy and long, and the wine shows terrific tannic integration. When you come back hours later, you might find black olive, bresaola and licorice."