Brunello di Montalcino, Casanova di Neri, £37
Here’s the dilemma.
But first let me tell you about the wine.
It is not easy. To be honest, it’s downright difficult.
You won’t like it.
You’ll find it flat, deflated.
And it’s half an hour already!
(Stop here if you have to rush off.)
The fruit reluctantly edges around the darkness with a savoury aftertaste.
Only tasted on the second swallow.
(Do you really have time for this?)
It’s going to take you at least 1-2 hours to decant and then 5-7 hours to drink.
Now every single taste is different, asking questions, tempting you then turning away to reveal another layer of brilliance.
Expectations are overturned, tastes are reversed, everything is a surprise.
It’s a long journey with someone you just met. But at the end of the trip feel like you’ve known forever.
But do you have the patience to endure a wine to allow it to reveal itself, tell it’s story and be itself with all its flaws and surprises. In other words, be in conversation with what your palate is asking?
I just don’t know another living person who’d invest the time needed to understand it AND who’d GET IT.
The art of seduction is takes TIME.
This is a difficult wine and not many people will have the luxury of time.
Better not even start it. More than two people, it’d be wasted.
To understand the story.
Better to have it all,