2005 Casanova di Neri Pietradonice IGT
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2008
The 2005 Pietradonice also from vines in Sant-Antimo reveals an inky color along with open warm aromatics from the toasted oak. It is silky-textured and opulent on the palate with layers of blackberries blueberries cassis... The 2005 Pietradonice also from vines in Sant-Antimo reveals an inky color along with open warm aromatics from the toasted oak. It is silky-textured and opulent on the palate with layers of blackberries blueberries cassis spices minerals and sweet toasted oak that flow as the wine opens in the glass. The tannins are well-integrated and the wine offers outstanding balance. In 2005 the Pietradonice is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon rather than the typical 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Sangiovese blend. The wine was aged in 300-liter barrels of which approximately half were new. Pietradonice remains one of the most promising wines of its type especially given that the vines were only planted between 1993 and 1996. If the vines can get to the point where they express more varietal character this could very well turn out to be an exceptional wine in future vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2017.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2005

Winery

Casanova di Neri

In 1971, Giovanni Neri founded Casanova di Neri in the eastern part of Montalcino. Over time, vineyards were added in other areas. The first was the Cerretalto vineyard which has a unique terroir in a natural amphitheatre over the Asso river. The winery used its old vines, with small bunches of well-spaced grapes, to create a selection for propagation in their other vineyards.

The first Brunello harvest in the original vineyard was in 1978. Harvests in other vineyards started with Cerretalto in 1981, then Tenuta Nuova in 1993, Pietradonice in 2000 and Ibbianco in 2011. Currently the estate covers a surface of around 500 hectares of which 63 are vineyards, 20 olive groves and the rest arable land and forest.