1997 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Casanova di Neri Central Italy Tuscany Italy Still wine

1997 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto

Casanova di Neri

90Average Score
flagCentral Italy / Italy

The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto opens to a profoundly dark color and inky appearance. The bouquet is seamless and tight, with a long continuum of dark fruit nuances, dried cherry, cured meat and exotic spice. There are evolved aromas of tar and smoke as well. That said, there was agreement between Giacomo Neri and myself that this was not a perfect bottle. Despite its broad textural embroidery, the wine seemed less able to deliver in terms of depth, definition and sharpness. On the other hand, the tannins are sharp, almost astringent, and not what I would have expected from this iconic vintage (that is credited with kick-starting Brunello sales in the United States market). That explains the question mark in my score. Mar 2018, www.robertparker.com

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate    Score: 91/100

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