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 beautifully balanced, sleek and refined Brunello Riserva. It's a smooth, fruit-forward style - as is often the case on this warmer site - but the vintage provides ample freshness and you can already sense the delicious savoury undertones that will emerge with time in the cellar. This has a long and very bright future ahead of it. </p> <p>2014 posed all sorts of problems in the vineyards of Montalcino but this site escaped the worst of it. Marcello was ruthless in selection and hasn't tried to push too hard in the winery, producing a brightly fruited Brunello of great aromatic purity and outstanding drinkability. This will be a great value Brunello that will be ready almost immediately on release. A triumph in a tricky year.</p>

Collemattoni

2014 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Collemattoni

75cl bottles, case of 6

Bright, deep red. Red cherry, sweet spices and smoky oak on the enticing nose. Strong soil tones complement musky spice, sweet pipe tobacco, and red fruit flavors. Finishes creamy, tactile and long,Bright, deep red. Red cherry, sweet spices and smoky oak on the enticing nose. Strong soil tones complement musky spice, sweet pipe tobacco, and red fruit flavors. Finishes creamy, tactile and long, with polished tannins. Made from Sangiovese grown in vineyards located in all four of the major quadrants of the Montalcino production zone, which allowed owner Adon Bucci to make a highly balanced wine. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 92 Ian d'Agata, www.vinousmedia.com(Mar 2019)

2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Vigna Fontelontano Riserva Collemattoni

75cl bottles, case of 6

Moderately saturated red. Deep rich aromas of redcurrant, smoky dark chocolate-covered plum, vanilla, mocha and grilled meat. Silky-sweet on entry, then fine-grained and creamy in the middle. BoastsModerately saturated red. Deep rich aromas of redcurrant, smoky dark chocolate-covered plum, vanilla, mocha and grilled meat. Silky-sweet on entry, then fine-grained and creamy in the middle. Boasts outstanding density and an exhilarating acid/tannin/fruit balance. Closes long and suave with a strong note of vanilla and other oaky spices. You can tell this was aged in smaller oak barrels (500 liter tonneaux). Drinking range: 2021 - 2031 Rating: 94 L&S(Mar 2019)

Fuligni

<p>Founded in 1923 by Giovanni Fuligni, the estate today is co-owned by Robert Guerrini Fuligni and his delightful aunt Maria Flora Fuligni. The estate covers 100 hectares, of which 25 are under vine, almost all planted with Sangiovese.<p> <p>Great wine makers keep delivering the goods whatever the vintage conditions. All the Tuscan wine producers were dealt a tricky card in 2014 and yet Roberto has produced a delicious, elegant Brunello which has surprised many - including the critics. This is a real triumph and can be enjoyed almost immediately.<p> <p>2013, on the other hand, was a classic vintage for Brunello and Roberto has made a trade mark Fuligni Riserva. Concentrated, refined and age worthy - there is nothing excessive about the wine. Real Brunello lovers will be in for a treat with this vintage.<p>

Fuligni

2014 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Fuligni

75cl bottles, case of 6

Just mid ruby with orange tinges. Sweet nose with hints of dried fruit and Moroccan leather. Supple fruit with plenty of soft, chewy tannins. Easy-going and generous. Just mid ruby with orange tinges. Sweet nose with hints of dried fruit and Moroccan leather. Supple fruit with plenty of soft, chewy tannins. Easy-going and generous. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023 Rating: 16 Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com(Jan 2019)

2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Riserva Fuligni

75cl bottles, case of 6

Initially closed and shy, the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva needs a little extra time in the glass before it starts to shine. The wine is made according to a very classic blueprint that prizesInitially closed and shy, the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva needs a little extra time in the glass before it starts to shine. The wine is made according to a very classic blueprint that prizes delicate primary fruit freshness, fully integrated tannins (nudged forward by Slavonian oak casks) and bright acidity. Fruit for this wine is sourced from 20-year-old vines that deliver the added extract and concentration worthy of a Riserva expression. This wine is impeccably balanced and radiant. It drinks beautifully straight out of the gate, however, it has the natural DNA to assure a graceful aging future. Some 12,000 bottles were made. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 95+ Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com)(Jan 2019)

2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Riserva Fuligni

Magnums, wood case of 1

Initially closed and shy, the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva needs a little extra time in the glass before it starts to shine. The wine is made according to a very classic blueprint that prizesInitially closed and shy, the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva needs a little extra time in the glass before it starts to shine. The wine is made according to a very classic blueprint that prizes delicate primary fruit freshness, fully integrated tannins (nudged forward by Slavonian oak casks) and bright acidity. Fruit for this wine is sourced from 20-year-old vines that deliver the added extract and concentration worthy of a Riserva expression. This wine is impeccably balanced and radiant. It drinks beautifully straight out of the gate, however, it has the natural DNA to assure a graceful aging future. Some 12,000 bottles were made. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 95+ Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com)(Jan 2019)