BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
1999 Riserva Fuligni
|Sub-district||Brunello di Montalcino|
Roberto Fuligni’s 1999 has always been one of the most highly acclaimed Brunello, and was recently rated in America’s ‘Wine Enthusiast’ as Italy’s best wine, with a score of 98/100, making it their second most highly rated wine in the world. The Riserva is truly outstanding. Tasted in 2014 - can be drink now but still a future ahead. L&S (Mar 2005)
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Impenetrable dark with brickstone rim. Treacle, tobacco, forest floor, leather. Savoury. Just a hint of oxidation. Tea leaves. Fills the mouth with chocolate-coated cherry and dark dried fruits matched by lovely balancing acidity and impressively built tannin structure. Very long and a little bit idiosyncratic compared with the later style. Drinking range: 2006 - 2030 Rating: 18 Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com (Jul 2013)
Wonderful aromas of citrus peel, ripe berries and flowers, turning to tangerine. Full-bodied, with fabulous silky tannins and superexotic fruit that goes on and on. There are notes of orange dark chocolate stick as well. Gets better and better. Amazing. Drink now. Rating: 99 The Wine Spectator, www.winespectator.com (Nov 2010)
Founded in 1923 by Giovanni Fuligni, the estate today is co-owned by Robert Guerrini Fuligni and his delightful aunt Maria Flora Fuligni. Together with his aunt, Roberto makes the wines with oenologist Paola Vagaggini, while agronomist Federico Ricci looks after the vineyards.
The estate covers 100 hectares, of which 25 are under vine, almost all planted with Sangiovese, with a small amount of Merlot for the IGT blend. 4 plots, Semiti, San Giovanni, Ginestreto and Cotimeli produce Sangiovese for the Brunelli and Rosso and each vineyard is kept separate during fermentation.What is important is the combined height of the vineyards (350-440m), the density of planting, age of the vines (12-30 plus) and the 'galestro' soils on which they are planted. Fuligni's wines have reached international recognition for their purity of expression, strong backbone of acidity and polished tannins.
These are simply the finest wines of Brunello, epitomising all that is great from the region. The 'Rosso' now comes from a defined part of the vineyard, on clay and tufa rather than the marl of the Brunello. It is made from the outset as a Rosso, with different clones and the intention to make a wine which will be approachable at a much younger age.
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