Somm Picks by Benchmark Wine Group






Featuring:
Montalcino Giovanni Neri 2019

Winemaker Notes:
Ripe and vibrant strawberries and black cherries lead the nose of this Sangiovese into a elegant, lifted palate of bramble berries, youthful but ripe tannins, seamless acidity, and silken texture.

Brunello level quality at a fraction of the price, it’s fitting that Casanova di Neri could produce such a stunningly tasty wine for this price. Yes, it’s older vines – 45 years average to be sure. Of course, it’s the exceptional soils of the southern end of Montalcino in the new Tocci vineyard. Naturally, it reflects Casanova di Neri’s obsession for quality. But what it really does is justify all the hype and buzz around the potential of the Rosso di Montalcino DOC in a manner that takes what promised to be “good Sangiovese” and delivers “delectable Rosso” with all the dark, “Bruno” flavors that set this region above its peers in the region.

JS93:
“Aromas of blackberries, plums, chestnuts and cloves. Medium-to full-bodied with chewy tannins. Round and textured in the mouth with structure and bright acidity. Flavorful finish with length. Drink from 2024.”

Wine Pairing:
It’s still grilling season for many of us, and thanks to its easier-on-the-pocket price, this bottle is primed for your favorite herbed pork sausage on toasted pretzel rolls with garden fresh heirloom tomato salad and your best family-style elotes for a crowd. Feeling simple and cozy? Us too – fresh pasta with a vibrant tomato sauce, tossed with fava beans and herbs, and topped with grated Marzolino. Going fancy? Spatchcock a chicken, roast, and serve with a simple, perfectly creamy mushroom risotto.

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