Thursday, October 1, 2009
Casanova di Neri cleared
I just received word from the national importer of Casanova di Neri, the famed Brunello producer, that the winery has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the ongoing Brunello scandal. Owner Giacomo Neri, whose deeply extracted, modern take on Brunello has won him a legion of fans, had been suspected of incorporating grapes other than Sangiovese into his various bottlings of Brunello di Montalcino.
Giacomo Neri obtained a document directly from the Minister of Justice, issued 9/21/09. This document says "NULLA."
Below is the translation of a letter Giacomo sent to his importer, basically stating that he had been removed from the allegations list:
Casanova di Neri in response to news that has circulated through the media, states that as one of the more important wineries in the zone, they were checked and controlled by the required authorities.
The winery states that Casanova di Neri has been removed in the course of the investigations from the list.
For what has happened we inform our clients that the wines of Casanova di Neri are even more guaranteed post-investigation than before, having completed also the analysis that were requested by the authorities for the commercialization of Brunello di Montalcino.
I'd love to hear some thoughts on this. Anyone?