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 works organically and is making wonderfully good wines which keep increasing in both quality and international recognition.
In 2015 he has crafted a beautifully balanced, sleek and refined Brunello. It's a smooth, fruit-forward style - as is often the case on this warmer site - but Marcello always finds great definition to the complexity and ample freshness. This is deeply fragrant and wonderfully intense fruit that remains lithe rather than too fat. And you can already sense the delicious savoury undertones that will emerge with time in the cellar. This has a long and joyous future for anyone who can resist it for long enough!
As always Collemattoni is a great value Brunello, from a brilliant winemaker, in a standout vintage - we'd encourage you to grab this before word gets round!
2014 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Collemattoni
Mellow dried cherries and earthy, leathery notes lead to a wine that has a smooth, central focus of dried cherries and soft, supple tannins. Light and approachable. Drink now.Mellow dried cherries and earthy, leathery notes lead to a wine that has a smooth, central focus of dried cherries and soft, supple tannins. Light and approachable. Drink now. Drinking range: 2019 - James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(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)
The brilliant Fuligni estate is co-owned by Roberto Guerrini and his delightful aunt, Maria-Flora Fuligni. Roberto makes the wines with oenologist Paola Vagaggini, while agronomist Federico Ricci looks after the vineyards.
Our relationship with Roberto goes back to the mid-nineties. We have always loved the wines here, which combine the concentration and elegance of the best of Brunello. They can be drunk more or less from release, and are so perfectly balanced that they age beautifully.
‘Roberto Guerrini made the wine of his lifetime in 2015’. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Fuligni’s vineyards are some of the highest and coolest in the area, perched on the slopes to the east of Montalcino and this gives them enormous advantage, ensuring a finesse and elegance that others struggle to imitate.
Roberto’s wines are classically proportioned, with restraint and a poise that is astonishing - and 2015 is a huge success for him as Roberto himself says -
‘The words for the 2015 vintage are density, tannins and freshness. The wines are rich, yet they are fresh at the same time. It is a great year’. Roberto Guerrini
2014 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Fuligni
Moderately saturated bright red. Raspberry, cassis, licorice and sexy, spicy tarry oak on the nose. Savory and fleshy on the palate, with a pungent acidity to the ripe red cherry, mocha, floral andModerately saturated bright red. Raspberry, cassis, licorice and sexy, spicy tarry oak on the nose. Savory and fleshy on the palate, with a pungent acidity to the ripe red cherry, mocha, floral and mint flavors. Finishes long, with an at once saline and sweet taste profile. Good intensity but seems a little disjointed presently with the ripe creamy fruit notes not in harmony with the acid spine. Needs a couple years to expand and balance in the bottle. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 90+ Ian d'Agata, www.vinousmedia.com(Mar 2019)
2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Riserva Fuligni
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)