Brunello di Montalcino New Releases: 2014 & 2013 Riserva
What a difference a year makes! Here we have two releases - the 2014 Brunello and 2013 Brunello Riservas - that are completely different. 2013 was the quintessential Brunello vintage and the elite producers have made beautifully balanced, high-toned, and cellar-worthy Riservas. The wines are classically shaped, certainly more so than the 'blockbuster' 2012 Riservas, so it will be a vintage that really appeals to Brunello purists. Why not follow James Suckling's advice, tuck away a case or two in your cellar, and return when they have mellowed into Brunellos of sophistication, complexity, and effortless power.
‘I suggest buying 2013 riservas if you are looking for a new vintage to lay down in your cellar. They will be classic wines…’
James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com
‘After an extensive tasting of 2014 Brunello, I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer elegance, vibrancy and balance of the top bottlings. While they don’t have the structure and ageing potential typical of Brunello, their fragrances are enticing.’
The Wine Enthusiast, www.winemag.com
‘The Fuligni 2014 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine. To my mind, it represents one of the best interpretations you will find from this difficult vintage...’
Monica Larner, www.robertparker.com
If nature gave an easy time of it to producers in 2013, 2014 provided much more of a challenge. It's years like this when estates are really pushed to the limit, when brutal selection, expert wine-making, and great terroir shine through. That's why Fuligni and Collemattoni have produced vintage-defying wines in 2014. These are lithe, fresh and pretty Brunellos with real vim and finesse. They will be ready to drink almost immediately and we'll wager they won't linger long in your winerack. It's the perfect vintage to stock up on while you wait patiently for the 2013 Riservas to hit their stride.
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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.
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.
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.
2014 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Collemattoni
The very varied terroir of Montalcino does not allow great generalisations, but we can certainly consider the warm and sunny area of Sant'Angelo in Colle less penalised than others in such bizarreThe very varied terroir of Montalcino does not allow great generalisations, but we can certainly consider the warm and sunny area of Sant'Angelo in Colle less penalised than others in such bizarre years as 2014. The Brunello by Marcello Bucci aka Collemattoni tells it well: fruity and smoky vigour, it combines power and substance.Gambero Rosso(Feb 2019)
2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Vigna Fontelontano Riserva Collemattoni
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)
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.
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.
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.
2014 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Fuligni
Some smoky notes with savory and sanguine aromas, as well as deeply spicy red cherries. The palate delivers an impressively concentrated core of red-cherry and red-plum flavor. The tannins areSome smoky notes with savory and sanguine aromas, as well as deeply spicy red cherries. The palate delivers an impressively concentrated core of red-cherry and red-plum flavor. The tannins are succulent and the depth is good for this vintage. Drink or hold. Drinking range: 2019 - Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2019)
2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Riserva Fuligni
Rose, wild berry, camphor and a whiff of exotic spice float out of the glass along with a hint of new leather. Radiant and loaded with finesse, the taut, elegantly structured palate delivers juicyRose, wild berry, camphor and a whiff of exotic spice float out of the glass along with a hint of new leather. Radiant and loaded with finesse, the taut, elegantly structured palate delivers juicy red cherry, strawberry compote, baking spice and licorice while fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity provide balance and support. (Italy Editor, Kerin O'Keefe) Drinking range: 2021 - 2035The Wine Enthusiast www.winemag.com(Jan 2019)