The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto offers a prolonged, flowing and carefully massaged drinking experience that drapes over the senses with some studied intensity and lots of intriguing complexity. This wine nails that perfect balance between power and elegance (that elusive exchange that so many winemakers hope to achieve) with effortless precision. Bold cherry fruit and spice are tightly woven together. In the mouth, the wine shows texture, depth and succulence. Generally speaking, this is not my favorite vintage in Montalcino, but this wine suddenly made me forget that thought.
98 points, Wine Advocate (March 2018)
Flavors of medicinal herbs, juniper, macerated cherry, plum, tobacco and spice are the hallmarks of this intense red, which is ripe and concentrated, yet sleek and focused. Spice notes chime in on the long, minerally and firmly tannic finish.
98 points, Wine Spectator (June 2018)
The density is so impressive in this great single-vineyard wine of Casanova. It's full yet agile at the same time. Shows such integrated tannins and fresh acidity at the finish. Energized and focused. Tangy and citrusy. Mineral undertone. One of the great Brunellos of 2012.
97 points, JamesSuckling.com (December 2018)
Vivid red with a pale rim. Tight, pure aromas of black fruits, potpourri, black pepper, roast coffee and graphite. Dense, tactile and rich, conveying a multilayered texture and very good lift to the super-ripe, super-concentrated blackberry and red cherry fruit. Impeccably balanced, this rather plush wine is most impressive today on the very long, suavely tannic finish that features repeating herbal notes.
94 points, Vinous (April 2018)
CASANOVA DI NERICasanova di Neri is a prestigious wine producer from the Montalcino area of Tuscany. Established by Giovanni Neri in 1971, it still remains a family business managed now by son Giacomo. The family have vineyard holdings of 48 ha of vineyards throughout the best areas of Montalcino divided among four separate estates -- “Pietradonice” in Castelnuovo dell’ Abate, the “Cetine” in S. Angelo in Colle, the “Cerretalto” and the “Fiesole” near the new underground modern cellar, each with their own characters and expression. The Estate produces powerful and luxuriant Brunellos made in elegant modern styles. Amongst its most celebrated are the Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova and Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto and the “Super-Tuscan” Pietradonice a Cabernet Sangiovese Blend.