BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
2004 Riserva Fuligni
|Sub-district||Brunello di Montalcino|
A fabulous vintage and a fabulous Riserva which shows beautifully, with incredible elegance and power, very fine tannins, and sweet fruit notes, loaded with tar and roses. Still brooding and with great potential this will age well through until about 2025. 2014 - please continue to keep this wine for a little longer. L&S (Feb 2010)
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The aromas of dried cherries and dried herbs are right where this mature Brunello should be, as are the dried red and purple flowers and cedar notes. The palate has a long, succulent and juicy feel with sturdy, clearly articulated tannins and a core of earthy, dried-cherry flavor. Drink over the next six to eight years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 Rating: 96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2019)
Fragrant with floral, vanilla and fruity notes, but still holding back a bit on the nose. Glorious, if youthful, palate: very concentrated, with fruit sweetness and freshness underpinned by solid, dry, but very polished, velvety tannins. Touches of deep, rich bitter chocolate and almond patisserie. Not really ready to drink, but you could – or you could leave it another dozen years. Rating: 94 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com (Mar 2012)
...fabulous depth of fruit and complexity, the aromas now coming out of the glass … simultaneously rounded and demanding.David Way (www.winefriend.org) (Feb 2012)
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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