Deep, Dark, Brooding: The 2010 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino
The monumental 2010 Brunellos arrived to a deafening chorus of praise, but it was Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker who provided the most emphatic summation:
“2010 is the top Brunello di Montalcino vintage of the new millennium because it shows the best traits of my other two favorite vintages, 2006 and 2007, in tandem. It beautifully combines the freshness, structure, linearity and aging potential of 2006 with the intensity, opulence, balsam distinctiveness and tannic richness of 2007.”
In other words, in the case of this deep, dark, brooding 2010 powerhouse from Casanuova delle Cerbaie, you get it all!
If one was ever to write a vintage script for Brunello di Montalcino, 2010 would be difficult to improve upon. Spring was wet and pretty cold, delaying flowering and retarding the vegetative cycle. Summer then turned cool, absent the heat spikes that blistered clusters in the summer of 2009. From June to late August, little rain fell. Then, as if on cue, perfectly timed showers in the last week of August refreshed the vines, erasing any vestige of hydric stress. September was again warm and dry, but with hot days and cool nights, a dramatic diurnal temperature shift that much explains both the intense concentration of the vintage and the ripe, rich tannins.
Casanuova delle Cerbaie, located a little south of the village of Montalcino, has a reputation for producing beautifully structured, sleek Brunellos. A portion of its 37 manicured acres overlap with one of the region’s most famous sites: the world-renowned Montosoli hill. Here, the altitude shields the vineyards from fog and frost, while cool breezes and and a dry, sunny microclimate provide ideal conditions for crafting soft, sumptuous Tuscan reds. The ancient limestone, marl, and gravel soils offer superb drainage and lend the wines their mineral depth.
James Suckling, perhaps Tuscany’s most influential critic, came out blasting. “Full-bodied, extremely soft textured and succulent,” declared the former Wine Spectator European bureau chief. Suckling called the 94-point effort a “very balanced” and “pretty” specimen of the vintage.
The 2010 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino is deep ruby-red in color. Gorgeous aromatically, featuring an exquisite mix of plum, blackberry, cigar tobacco, and leather. Rich, tightly wound, and high-toned, brooding and seductive on the mid-palate, filled with crushed red and black fruits and a dash of spice, finishing with great length and persistence. Drink now-2025.
$75 on release. $65.99 from WineAccess. 94 points from an adamant Suckling. If you’re a Brunello collector, the math couldn’t be simpler. Just 45 cases for the fortunate few who make it to the Buy button early. Shipping on 3.