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Sep 26, 2001 11:02 PM

Brunello de Montalcino

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I"ve a couple of bottles of Brunello: Casanova di Neri 1977. Can anyone tell me the earliest I can drink them? I aint getting any younger. Thanks

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    Kriss Reed, Anaheim

    Please, Bob, PLEASE tell me that these have been cellared all these years at a constant, cool temperature. Otherwise, you most likely have some very over-the-hill juice. For my vicarious sake, since Brunello is near the top of my fave wine list, I hope it's drinking well. Since you have two bottles, you have nothing to lose by using one as a tester. I couldn't find any tasing notes on any Neris that old. Let us know your results.

    Buona fortuna,

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    1. re: Kriss Reed, Anaheim

      Hi Kriss: I'm upset because you're upset. I made a bad boo-boo. I meant to say 1997 Casanova di Neri, not 1977. My question still remains: how soon can I drink the 1997? Thanks,

      1. re: bobl

        Wow, '97, huh? That is the so-called vintage of the century in Tuscany, nowhere more so than in Montalcino. If cellared well, quality Brunelli like your Neris will be drinking well into the 2020s, but waiting until after 2005 will not hurt too much, either. You're a lucky man, Bob.


    2. I'm a bit confused... by DOCG law, a Brunello di Montalcino can't be released until five years after the vintage year, at the earliest. So, the youngest Brunello released should be a 1996, no? Perhaps you have a Rosso di Montalcino?

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      1. re: Greg Leung

        Hey Greg: Maybe I got lucky (or unlucky) at the enoteca in Montalcino, but my Casanova di Neri is labled "Brunello de Montalcino 1997". Could have been bottled five years earlier, and the vintage date is the release date. Kriss the wine maven can probably explain this.