2012 Brunello di Montalcino: Fuligni & Collemattoni

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2012, looks to be a fantastic vintage for Brunello di Montalcino. Like 2010, it has been awarded a 5-star rating by the Consorzio Brunello.

Walter Speller of JancisRobinson.com was convinced by the number of wines he awarded 17 to 17.5 in his initial tastings (again, Fuligni is rated 17.5, the best mark he gave to any), and 17 to the Collemattoni. He says of 2012 “a classic vintage which has elegance, a firm structure as well as ageing potential - it seems certain that the increasingly fine wines of Montalcino will be of interest to a growing number of wine lovers”

'September provides the key to better understanding of the very peculiar 2012 vintage. The entire month was warm and windy while nights were cool. This guaranteed a prolonged and slow ripening of the grapes and a delayed picking date that suggested a cool rather than a hot vintage … the bunches that did reach the cellars were of such high quality that I heard more than one producer claiming that 2012 is better than the already legendary 2010'. Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com

James Suckling has awarded the Fuligni Brunello 95 points

The Wine Spectator has been even more enthusiastic about the Collemattoni 2012

'This is very Burgundian in style, with effusive cherry, strawberry and floral aromas and flavors riding a supple texture until the characteristic Sangiovese tannins emerge on the finish. Elegant, complex and long overall. 96 points, Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator

We believe that Collemattoni and Fuligni epitomise all that is great from the region. Fuligni is a grand classic, with perfectly placed vineyards on the northern slopes of the town of Montalcino itself. This cooler northern exposition produces wines of elegance and sophistication which are among the top examples of the appellation every year – 2012 is no exception. Marcello Bucci at Collemattoni, signora Fuligni’s pupil when he was starting up, makes another exceptional wine on the southern slopes of Sant’Angelo in Colli, with a dramatic view of the Val d’Orcia, and his wines gain in energy and class with each vintage. Both come highly recommended.

The Wines

2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Collemattoni

75cl bottles, case of 6

Plenty of black-truffle and berry character on the nose. Full body, a silky texture and bright acidity follow through to a subtle and satisfying finish. Hints of orange peel make it all the more Plenty of black-truffle and berry character on the nose. Full body, a silky texture and bright acidity follow through to a subtle and satisfying finish. Hints of orange peel make it all the more attractive. Drink or hold. Rating: 93-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2017)

2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Fuligni

75cl bottles, case of 12

Extremely floral with rose-petal and cherry character. Walnut and mushroom undertones. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Citrus-rind undertones. Delicious, solid and Extremely floral with rose-petal and cherry character. Walnut and mushroom undertones. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Citrus-rind undertones. Delicious, solid and harmonious wine. Drink or hold. Better in 2019. Drinking range: 2019 - Rating: 95-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2016)

2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Fuligni

Magnums, wood case of 1

Extremely floral with rose-petal and cherry character. Walnut and mushroom undertones. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Citrus-rind undertones. Delicious, solid and Extremely floral with rose-petal and cherry character. Walnut and mushroom undertones. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Citrus-rind undertones. Delicious, solid and harmonious wine. Drink or hold. Better in 2019. Drinking range: 2019 - Rating: 95-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2016)