BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
2006 Riserva Fuligni
|Sub-district||Brunello di Montalcino|
Brooding darker fruit nose, coffee, tobacco, liquorice, leather, fragrant but dark. Palate is taut, cherry, coffee, leather, tobacco, grippy, mouthfilling rich tannins lovely acidity but not releasing out yet. Drinking range: 2017 - 2025 L&S (Sep 2015)
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With all the vibrancy and purity of the 2006 vintage, the 'Riserva' is all the more concentrated and muscular with a tremendous life ahead. A stunning wine which should be cellared for a decade and more. L&S (Feb 2012)
Concentrated ruby with orange. Subdued hints of fine fresh fruit. Lively and with real concentration and elegance. Mouthwatering ripe fruit with fine powdery tannin, goes on and on. Very young but hard to resist. 2014-2032 Rating: 18 Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com (May 2013)
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva wafts from the glass with sweet red cherries, dried flowers, licorice and tobacco. It shows lovely energy on the mid-palate to match its understated, refined personality. Silky tannins support the expressive, nuanced finish. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026 Rating: 94-94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2012)
Very perfumed aromas of ripe fruit such as strawberries and blackberries. Turns to flowers and incense. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a bright, citrus aftertaste and ultra-clean fruit. The purity and focus of the wine is spellbinding. Better in 2015. Rating: 96-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2012)
From tank (Oct 2010). Dense, savoury and liquorice on the nose. Exciting and lean and lively. Racy. Filigree. Transparent and with great life. Racy and thoroughbred. Promises very well. The muscular build of a great Côte Rôtie. Rating: 18.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2011)
Founded in 1923 by Giovanni Fuligni round a Medici villa and a country convent of the Renaissance era, the Fuligni 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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