Cerretalto is a special blend of intuition, passion and vision – the hallmark of all Casanova di Neri’s work. The grapes hail mainly from a vineyard situated in a natural amphitheatre alongside a small river. The prized white truffles which grow in our private truffle reserve here bear witness to the purity of this environment. Soil rich in minerals, a very particular microclimate and low yield per plant coupled with our experience, dedication and passion for our work in the vineyard and in the cellar make Cerretalto a wine of immense character and harmonious structure. It's a wine of exceptional quality, personality and inimitable style – the perfect expression of the territory that nurtures it, the distillation of our idea of what a great Brunello should be. Cerretalto is a wine of outstanding character. Its uniqueness lies in the aroma’s graphite notes and sanguine undertones, and the extraordinary length and persistence of flavour on the palate. Its collection of accolades is incredible and unmatched: 100/100 Wine Advocate, 100/100 Wine Spectator, 100/100 James Suckling, 100/100 Falstaff, 100/100 Luca Gardini, 100/100 International Wine Report, 100/100 Wine Enthusiast.
giovanni neri tasting notes
2015 is one of Cerretalto's truly great years.
The colour is rich and intense. The bouquet reveals itself gradually, with insistent graphite notes accompanied by a concerto of red berries, liquorice and chocolate. Lastly, fresh, bright tones come through, followed by balsamic, minty undertones. But it's on the palate that Cerretalto 2015 reveals all its personality – a perfect balance between extraordinary tensile strength and aromatic precision. An exceptional web of tannins – dense and velvety – blends with an acidity which is palpable but well integrated. The experience culminates with in a sensation of great purity, density and depth. All these factors augur a very long life for Cerretalto 2015.
The 2015 vintage will go down in history as a textbook year. The winter was mainly mild, with temperatures within the norm and considerable rainfall in January and February. Bud break occurred in the second week of April. Through the second half of April and the whole of May sunny days alternated with abundant showers, resulting in a regular growth cycle, excellent water levels in the soil and a healthy flowering period which concluded right at the end of May. In June and July temperatures were slightly above average. Showers in the second week of August brought temperatures down and greatly aided ripening. The diurnal temperature range was considerable in August and September, leading to an almost perfect balance of acidity, tannins and sugar.
Manual, 2nd week of October
Manual selection of the grapes before and after destemming, followed by a spontaneous fermentation without the addition of artificial yeast. Maceration is assisted by a falling down system, and everything is carried out inside open cone-shaped and temperature controlled fermenters for 32 days.
ageing in oak barrels
ageing in bottles