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La Spinetta Il Nero di Casanova Toscana IGT

This is a pure expression of Sangiovese from 20-year-old vines surrounding the Casanova winery. The Nero di Casanova offers a complex aromatic profile of pressed rose, wet earth, liquorice and wild Mediterranean brush, fully expressing its Tuscan fingerprint. This wine has a distinct structure and power not unlike the more well-known Brunello or Montepulciano and aging in ten-year-old oak casks adds further integration, definition and stability to this exciting wine.

Wine Enthusiast on 2019 vintage

Vibrant wild strawberries and ripe cherry tomatoes give way to savory aromas of grilled meat, mushrooms and balsamic vinegar on the nose before the palate returns to the strawberries and gives them a pop of acidity and firm tannins.

James Suckling on 2018 vintage

A delicious red with berry, spicy chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body, fine tannins and a crunchy finish. Drink or hold.

Falstaff Magazine on 2015 vintage

Luminous ruby red. Fragrant nose of fresh plums, juicy cherries and ripe raspberries, particularly inviting. Juicy and balanced with great freshness and concentrated fresh fruit, medium bodied, lots of drinking fun!

Wine Advocate on 2014 vintage

This is a pure expression of Sangiovese from 15-year-old vines in the little-known Terre di Pisa appellation. The 2014 Terre di Pisa Sangiovese Il Nero offers aromas of pressed rose, wet earth and wild Mediterranean brush. The Tuscany signature here is very strong indeed. The wine offers a level of distinct structure and power that is not unlike a Brunello di Montalcino or a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. It is aged in ten-year-old oak casks for further integration, definition and stability. Menthol-like freshness appears on the close.

Wine Spectator on 2013 vintage

Animal aromas give way to cherry, raspberry and white pepper flavors on the palate, backed by stiff tannins. The aftertaste is long, with firm grip. Decant. Drink now through 2024.

Wine Advocate on 2008 vintage

The estate's 2008 Il Nero di Casanova (Sangiovese) presents an intriguing profile of dark cherries, leather, licorice and tobacco, all of which come together in a medium-bodied, relatively delicate frame that is typical of Sangiovese. The Nero shows lovely inner sweetness and perfume through to the long finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.

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