Wine of the Day May 31, 2013

2008CasanovaTenutaNouva2008 Casanova di Neri, Tenuta Nuova, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Tuscany, Italy.
This Tenuta Nuova 2008 is a stunner, a blockbuster Brunello of class and quality, so forget the early reports on the 2008 vintage, because in the bottle these wines are showing amazing, even young the wines are beautifully detailed, rich and full of vivid fruit and have lengthy finishes, especially this fantastic Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova that is gorgeous from nose to finish. For those with the means should snap up this Brunello and put a few cases away, compared to Bordeaux, Burgundy and top Rhone wines this wine is a better investment and value, and being honest, it will drink better in short term as well. The nose is deep with complex aromas of dried flowers, herbs, mineral, red spices and earthy black fruits leading to a full palate of blackberry, cherry and plum fruits with hints of strawberry, licorice, sweet herbs, tobacco leaf and flinty mineral/stone with ripe and lush tannins, lifting acidity and very subtle cedary wood notes. This wine gains texture and width with air, though remains completely focused and has vitality throughout, and an earthy sexy side that is perfectly played in the whole of array of flavors. Casanova di Neri is certainly a class act and the winemaking is top notch, bravo, drink 2016-2022, though don’t be afraid to pop a few of these early, I know I would.
($100 Est.) 96 Points, grapelive