2015 Col di Lamo Brunello di Montalcino (750ml)15 0 0 2
Giovanna Neri, daughter of Giacomo Neri, is fast becoming a rising star in her own right, producing an outstanding Brunello and worthy successor to the great wines of her father's at Casanova di Neri.
"Speaking with Giovanna Neri is a breath of fresh air. While many producers would repeat the same key phrases about the 2015 vintage and how wonderful and perfect it was, Neri instead talked about the challenges, such as not allowing the fruit to take in too much sun, and picking at ideal, balanced, phenolic ripeness. Col di Lamo can be found in the northeast of Montalcino, near the town of Torrenieri, with east-facing vineyards, which was key to creating a balanced wine in a vintage like 2015. Her vines thrive through the cold mornings and warm afternoons, yet never seeing extreme heat, growing in soils of white clay and sand. What’s more, as of 2015, she achieved organic certification. Also of note is her famous brother, Giacomo Neri of Casanova di Neri, with whom she split her father’s vineyards at the time of his passing. You can imagine that Giovanna Neri has all of the raw ingredients necessary to create a great wine - and I believe she’s on the path to doing so." - Eric Guido (Vinous)
“This is a very pretty Brunello that shows fresh red cherries, strawberries, citrus, nutmeg, rose petals and cedar. Great combination of finesse and concentration. Silky tannins and chewy fruit are a winner. Full-bodied and powerful, yet agile. Drink from 2022." 95 points - James Suckling (July 2019)
"The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino opens with a remarkably pretty bouquet of rosy florals, ripe strawberry, and subtle spice, as the 2015 Col di Lamo evolves into a more savory display, with hints of rosemary and black olive. On the palate, silky textures give way to a savory blend of crushed cherry and raspberry, with hints of spicy citrus, rosy florals, and mineral tones developing over a coating of fine tannins. The finish is long, resonating on floral-laced red fruits and savory spice with a tug of youthful tannin on the cheek. This is a wonderfully pure, balanced, and enjoyable expression of the vintage." 94 points - Eric Guido (Vinous, March 2020)