2005 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label

Year: 2005
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Price :
$49.95
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"Dried dark fruits on the nose, with Indian spices and cedar. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins, well-integrated fruit and a polished, tannic mouthfeel. Best after 2010. 6,170 cases made." (WS)

"The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is soft and pleasing in its generous dark fruit and expressive bouquet. Plums, flowers and spices frame the long finish. In 2005 the straight Brunello is particularly successful, no doubt in part because it contains the fruit from Cerretalto, which was not made that year. Interestingly, this is a wine that doesn’t usually attract much attention. Value-conscious buyers should be on the lookout for deals on this gorgeous 2005 Brunello. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.

Proprietor Giacomo Neri makes some of the richest, most textured Brunellos readers will come across. The house style favors a lush expression of fruit with a softness that makes the wines very appealing upon release. In recent years the wines have become more elegant, with less of the excessive heaviness that characterized prior vintages. Based on what I tasted from barrel, future vintages hold quite a bit of promise as well. This year, readers – especially those on a budget (who isn’t on a budget these days?) should focus on the 2005 Brunello di Montalcino (sometimes also known as the ‘white label’), which is an overachiever because it includes fruit from the Cerretalto vineyard, the source of the estate’s top wine, which was not bottled in 2005." (WA)

"Bright medium ruby. Pungent red berry and floral aromas are reminiscent of Burgundy , with a mineral nuance adding energy and vivacity. Fresh and lively, with penetrating flavors of red berries, lemon zest, licorice and minerals. Finishes persistent, fine-grained and bright, with lingering flavors of fresh red berries. Impressively perfumed and nuanced for a Brunello in this price range, this is the best entry-level wine from Casanova di Neri in some time. Made only from grapes grown in the often maligned, cooler eastern sector of Montalcino where the town of Torrenieri is located. Owner Giacomo Neri admitted to me that "it's a very different Brunello than usual." I couldn't agree more, and I welcome the change." (IWC)

"Giacomo Neri has seen his share of the media spotlight lately, but this honest base Brunello shows loads of fruit characteristics followed by power and persistency. You’ll recognize cherry, blackberry and spice and the overall delivery emphasizes pleasure and drinkability. You could serve it now or wait three or four more years" (WE)