2012 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nova

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 91+
James Suckling: 96
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"Precise balance sets the stage for cherry, black currant, violet and tobacco flavors in this smooth, intense red. The tannins are present yet well-integrated and this persists with echoes of fruit and tobacco. Reveals an element of spice on the aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2035. 5,355 cases made. –BS "(WS)

"The Casanova di Neri 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is a beautiful wine that recalls many of the stunning characteristics found in its high-scoring predecessor. I gave a perfect 100 points to the 2010 edition of this same wine. This expression, made two years later, continues in that tradition of excellence. The quality of fruit is profound and intense. The bouquet offers black cherry, spice, leather, balsam herb, cola and licorice. The complexity is absolutely impressive. The mouthfeel, however, is slightly thinner. The classic 2010 vintage is remembered for its twofold punch of elegance and power. Alternatively, the 2012 vintage shows aromatic intensity and less persistence on the finish, generally speaking. Having said that, this remains one Bellissimo Brunello.

The big news from Casanova di Neri is that Consulting Enologist Carlo Ferrini no longer works with the estate. This came as a big shock to me mostly because the news was kept under wraps for an unusually long time. Carlo's departure occurred years ago, but was only made public last year. His last vintage with this high performing estate was 2010 (the vintage that earned 100 points with the Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova). It's not clear who, if anyone, has replaced him. Moving forward, Giacomo's son Giovanni has taken on a greater role at the winery for sure. I cannot help but notice a stylistic change with this new set of releases. Two years ago, this was the masculine wine to Il Marroneto's feminine wine in a ying-yang dynamic that characterizes the two main schools of the appellation. The tables have been unexpectedly turned in 2012. Casanova di Neri has now produced the wine that feels more streamlined and subtle. I'm not sure what to make of the about-face and will continue to monitor this trend in vintages to come. Casanova di Neri makes 73,000 bottles of its 2012 Brunello di Montalcino and 64,000 bottles of the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova." (WA)

"Dark bright red-ruby. Deep, complex aromas of red cherry, licorice, graphite and fresh herbs, lifted by a note of white pepper with riper hints coffee and blackberry jam. The flavors are similar to the aromas and have a strong mineral tang that dissipates with aeration. Offers excellent energy and verve and youthfully chewy tannins that will require patience. This is a rare Tenuta Nuova that actually reminds me of Cerretalto, with its darker than usual frut aromas and flavors and hints of graphite. Be aware, that like Casanova di neri’s 2012 classico Brunello, this also benefits greatly from four to five hours in the glass. " (VM)

"Lots of spice, balsamic and ripe-fruit character to this one. Walnut undertones. Full to medium body, a compressed structure of ripe tannins and packed-in fruit. Vibrant finish. Best in 2019." (JS)