Wine Advocate 96 Pts "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." James Suckling 96 Pts "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." Wine Spectator 94 Pts "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.—B.S." This wine is sourced from the vineyards located on the the southern slope of Montalcino - “Pietradonice” and “Le Cetine” - and from one of the estate's massal selections of Sangiovese. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 30 months, 18 months in bottle. Casanova di Neri was established in 1971 when Giovanni Neri acquired a large estate within Montalcino. Since then his primary goal has been to find land optimal for growing high quality grapes. In 1991, his son Giacomo took over direction of the estate and winemaking. His 138 acres are divided into four distinct areas: Pietradonice in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Cetine in Sant’Angelo in Colle, Cerretalto and Fiesole. As the grapes have improved in quality, more care and attention has been given to the winemaking process - from vinification to the careful selection and use of casks - but always with the maximum respect for tradition. The winery’s Brunello production is divided between three different labels in order to best represent each area’s unique characteristics.