Casanuova Delle Cerbaie Sangiovese Grosso 2004
"Casanuova delle Cerbaie’s 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is gorgeous in this vintage. A firm, structured, Brunello, it offers up attractive scents of smoke, grilled herbs, (French oak) and leather. Today the wine comes across as needing bottle age, as the elements aren’t quite woven together as finely as they will be with some time. Still, there is a lovely persistence and depth to this wine that augurs well for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022...92" WA 07/09.
The wine has a garnet color in the glass with a hint of rust color along the edges. The nose was somewhat "woodsy" which I guess is my technical term for a combination of moss, oak, cedar, earth and tobacco all swirling around. The taste had some tart cherry, and mild acidity and a subtle spiciness that made for quite a backbone on this wine. I found the wine itself quite dry, but the mild tannins made for a very smooth finish. As the wine for the heart of Tuscany, this wine would pair well with many hearty Italian dishes, or if you're bold enough, Bistecca alla Fiorentina! For those of you unfamiliar, Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a Tuscan style steak about as big as your torso (I exaggerate, but these are big thick steaks) grilled over a wood fire, but if you don't have any 4-inch thick steaks handy, a nice 2-inch thick Porterhouse will do nicely! This wine was simply delightful, and I would rate it a solid 4.5, perhaps higher but for the price (this one will set you back in the $30-40 range). Even so, if you happen to find some online or at your local wine merchant, I suggest buying a bottle or two to enjoy with family and friends.
Nicely approachable now with a little air and will continue to lay down a while also. Deep, rich and complexly flavored.
External Reviews for Casanuova Delle Cerbaie Sangiovese Grosso
Plum jam, with roses and other flowers. A little earthy. Full-bodied, with decadent berry and mushroom flavor. Long, rich and layered. Best from 2010 through 2015. 2,250 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Sangiovese Grosso wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2004 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 750ml