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

Collemattoni

<p>This tiny, seven hectare, estate in San Angelo in Colle, on the warmer clay of the southern side of the hill of Montalcino is run by Marcello Bucci. A fantastic winemaker who studied oenology under Roberto Fuligni's aunt. He is making wonderfully good wines which keep increasing in both quality and international recognition.</p> <p>In 2013 he has released a beautiful, sleek Brunello – his vineyards can produce broader, more full-on wines with lovely gloss and weight - but in 2013 Marcello too has made a nicely restrained style, his is beautifully balanced and offers super value once again.</p> <p>2012 was hailed as a ‘Rockstar Vintage’ by critic James Suckling and the hype is justified, particularly when you look at the Riservas. The season started cool and then was dominated by a very hot, dry summer which looked like it might limit greatness – but just before harvest a good level of rain fell and saved the day. The results here at Collematoni are tremendous.</p>

Collemattoni

2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Collemattoni

75cl bottles, case of 6

For Marcello, the 2013 has an added dimension of elegance and lift compared to the 2011 & 2012. This feels very fine and long with a good deep fruit underlying the straighter, firmer core. Dark plum For Marcello, the 2013 has an added dimension of elegance and lift compared to the 2011 & 2012. This feels very fine and long with a good deep fruit underlying the straighter, firmer core. Dark plum juice and some lovely wood-spice combine to make this intense yet elevated. More focused than some vintages but delicious and, as ever, so fairly priced. L&S (Feb 2018)

2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Vigna Fontelontano Riserva Collemattoni

75cl bottles, case of 6

The 2012 'straight Brunello' was a runaway success for Marcello winning fabulous international plaudits - and this Riserva is a gem. In the same mould, deep, richly weighted with dark cherry fruit The 2012 'straight Brunello' was a runaway success for Marcello winning fabulous international plaudits - and this Riserva is a gem. In the same mould, deep, richly weighted with dark cherry fruit and lovely plum skin. Chock full of spice, cocoa and cigar box toast notes too. Intense, full on and loaded with promise. This will need time - but will be worth the wait. Great value Riserva which will be a joy to open in 7 to 10 years time. L&S (Feb 2018)

2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Collemattoni

Magnums, wood case of 1

For Marcello, the 2013 has an added dimension of elegance and lift compared to the 2011 & 2012. This feels very fine and long with a good deep fruit underlying the straighter, firmer core. Dark plum For Marcello, the 2013 has an added dimension of elegance and lift compared to the 2011 & 2012. This feels very fine and long with a good deep fruit underlying the straighter, firmer core. Dark plum juice and some lovely wood-spice combine to make this intense yet elevated. More focused than some vintages but delicious and, as ever, so fairly priced. L&S (Feb 2018)

Fuligni

<p>This year there are two great releases from Roberto Fuligni. 2013 is a vintage that has allowed him to pull out a brilliant Brunello. Pretty, sleek and beautifully shaped this is another classic from his beautiful vineyards on the high ground to the north of town. An elegant, poised wine with scintillating finesse.<p> <p>With his 2012 Riserva, Roberto is rightfully very pleased - even commenting that the 2012 offers as much style and pleasure as the legendary 2010, time will tell – but this is certainly a vintage to take note of. The concentration is superb, the wine has lovely intensity and a long, linear core of joyously ripe fruit, brilliantly balanced by just enough acidity leaving a sense of precision and push. Another brilliant wine from the fabulous Fuligni estate.<p>

Fuligni

2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Fuligni

75cl bottles, case of 6

A balanced and firm red with plum, light chocolate, walnut and spice character. Medium to full body and silky tannins. I love the flavorful finish. Drink in 2021. A balanced and firm red with plum, light chocolate, walnut and spice character. Medium to full body and silky tannins. I love the flavorful finish. Drink in 2021. Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 96-96 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Nov 2017)

2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Fuligni

Magnums, wood case of 1

A balanced and firm red with plum, light chocolate, walnut and spice character. Medium to full body and silky tannins. I love the flavorful finish. Drink in 2021. A balanced and firm red with plum, light chocolate, walnut and spice character. Medium to full body and silky tannins. I love the flavorful finish. Drink in 2021. Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 96-96 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Nov 2017)

2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Riserva Fuligni

75cl bottles, case of 6

From the moment you put your nose into the bouquet, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva gives off heat, ripe fruit and power. Brunello from this warm vintage tends to be bold, muscular and From the moment you put your nose into the bouquet, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva gives off heat, ripe fruit and power. Brunello from this warm vintage tends to be bold, muscular and emphatic, and this wine definitely supports that claim. Black cherry, prune and plum at the core are surrounded by soft oak spice and cinnamon. The Fuligni winemaking team has done its best to tame the fruit (and allow for the more delicate aromas to emerge), but this wine moves toward the bigger side of the Brunello spectrum nonetheless. Rating: 92 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Feb 2018)

2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Riserva Fuligni

Magnums, wood case of 1

From the moment you put your nose into the bouquet, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva gives off heat, ripe fruit and power. Brunello from this warm vintage tends to be bold, muscular and From the moment you put your nose into the bouquet, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva gives off heat, ripe fruit and power. Brunello from this warm vintage tends to be bold, muscular and emphatic, and this wine definitely supports that claim. Black cherry, prune and plum at the core are surrounded by soft oak spice and cinnamon. The Fuligni winemaking team has done its best to tame the fruit (and allow for the more delicate aromas to emerge), but this wine moves toward the bigger side of the Brunello spectrum nonetheless. Rating: 92 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Feb 2018)

Podere Giodo di Carlo Ferrini

<p>The enigmatic Carlo Ferrini has once again crafted a mesmerizingly focused, sleek Brunello from his own immaculate, small estate - Il Giodo. Fast becoming another cult classic, this is a beautiful vintage from the Tuscan superstar winemaker, who after years of advising the greats is putting his huge expertise into his own vineyard, 2013 is his fourth vintage of Brunello here.</p> <p>Carlo is striving for elegance at Il Giodo and his 2013 Brunelllo is a triumph. This personal project is already developing trademark characteristics of finesse, elegance and a bright, fine feel.</p> <p>As the Wine Spectator notes 'Carlo Ferrini’s small private vineyard may produce Montalcino’s best-kept secret.'

2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Podere Giodo di Carlo Ferrini

75cl bottles, case of 6

Liquorice, cedar, savoury, touch meaty, scented and fine with stone fruit. Gorgeous fruit delivery, sleek, mobile elegant and ripe, blackberry, plum and touch creamy, savoury with liquorice and cedar. Liquorice, cedar, savoury, touch meaty, scented and fine with stone fruit. Gorgeous fruit delivery, sleek, mobile elegant and ripe, blackberry, plum and touch creamy, savoury with liquorice and cedar. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 L&S (Apr 2018)

2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Podere Giodo di Carlo Ferrini

Magnums, case of 1

Liquorice, cedar, savoury, touch meaty, scented and fine with stone fruit. Gorgeous fruit delivery, sleek, mobile elegant and ripe, blackberry, plum and touch creamy, savoury with liquorice and cedar. Liquorice, cedar, savoury, touch meaty, scented and fine with stone fruit. Gorgeous fruit delivery, sleek, mobile elegant and ripe, blackberry, plum and touch creamy, savoury with liquorice and cedar. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 L&S (Apr 2018)