casanova di neri, brunello di montalcino, cerretalto 2006
JAMES SUCKLING
99
WINE ENTHUSIAST
98

2006 casanova di neri, brunello di montalcino, cerretalto

Why We're Buying

The Cerretalto represents the heart and soul of Casanova di Neri. The 100% sangiovese highlights the unique terroir of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, with the 2010 vintage earning a perfect rating from wine critic James Suckling and praise as a "towering achievement" from wine critic Monica Larner.

Critics Scores

JAMES SUCKLING
99

James Suckling

Aromas of ripe strawberries, sandalwood, and flowers follow though to a full body, with soft tannins and a fruity finish. This is so long and gorgeous, with intense fruit and a defined and beautiful structure. Amazing fruit at the finish. Gorgeous now, but will age beautifully. The palate builds and show such depth. So wonderful now, but better in 2015.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
98

Wine Enthusiast

Cerretalto delivers aromas of natural complexity and oak-driven tones of cinnamon, clove, chocolate and exotic spice. The fruit is dark, dense and ripe. There's extra roundness and density in the mouth that holds together the wine's firm tannins and its crisp, acidic component. Hold 10–20 more years

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto emerges from the glass with layers of beautifully delineated dark fruit, flowers, mint, licorice and violets. It possesses terrific richness and nuance in a full-bodied, structured style that captures the essence of this great vintage. Big, powerful tannins provide the backdrop for expressive, super-ripe aromas and flavors. The 2006 needs time to soften, but it is immensely promising. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

A rich style, boasting macerated cherry and raspberry, leather and licorice flavors. Starting to meld with the dense tannins, which are mouthcoating and almost chewy on the long finish. This has excellent intensity, with a serious seam of mineral that permeates the aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2035.