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Saturday, November 24, 2007

2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova

I had the chance to taste the famous 2006 Wine Spectator wine of the year and I was very impressed to say the least. It was treat to be able to taste what is argued to be the one of the best 2001 Brunello's and to confirm my thoughts and suspicions that the 01' vintage from Montalcino is no where near ready to drink. The power and extraction of these wines is just beyond belief and it is truly a special vintage.

The bouquet on this wine is what really makes it so spectacular and layers upon layers unfold as this wine magically develops in your glass. Loads of black cherry, brown sugar, sweet and wet leaves, tea leaf, and chocolate covered cherry are just a few of the brilliant aromas. You do get a bit of Italian terroir but it isn't musty of leather-like but maybe just enough sweet dirt to make it noticeably Montalcino.
The flavors unfold with beauty and finesse on the mid-palate and boast notes of tea leaf, soft leather, and again "loads of ripe cherry". Firm but refined tannins accompany the very long finish and leave you wanting another pour.

To sum it up, this wine might be one of the top 10 wines I've ever tasted and is definitely in the running for the most complex and beautiful bouquet's I have ever witnessed. 97 points indeed!

 
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