BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
2010 Riserva Fuligni
|Sub-district||Brunello di Montalcino|
Concentrated, savoury, plum and dark cherry, cedar touch of leather, polished and sexy. Wonderful power and grip, vivacious, full throttle, black cherry, earth, cedar and leather, rich full tannins bright vibrant acidity, long ripe rich and satisfying. Very complete but needs time. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 L&S (Sep 2015)
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The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine that shows immense harmony and inner poise. The powerful vintage is elegantly tempered in this expression thanks to the flowing and musical nature of the aromatic presentation. The bouquet opens to a steady pace with small berry nuances followed by spice, tobacco, pressed rose and moist earth. Dig deep and there is a bit of white truffle in there as well. The wine boasts a silky texture with a lean, tonic feel that excels in terms of length and persistence. It never feels too heavy or flat. In fact, the wine is brimming with inner energy and vitality. Drinking range: 2017 - 2030 Rating: 96-96 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Mar 2016)
Tasted blind. Heavy bottle! Dark ruby with bright orange rim. Compact, firm nose and concentrated, elegant palate that still holds back. Quite precise, succulent finish that oozes style. Drinking range: 2018 - 2034 Rating: 17.5 Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com (Jan 2016)
Wonderful aromas of dried mushrooms, flowers, plums, nuts and cedar. Complex. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. I love the finish. Such elegance. Racy and very long. Superb. What a wine. Drink or hold. No 33 in JS's 'Top 100 Wines of the Year 2016'. Rating: 99-99 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Oct 2015)
Fuligni's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is deep, dense and powerful, with plenty of voluptuousness and inner sweetness for the year. Leather, menthol, spice, violet and licorice wrap around a core of intense, dark-fleshed fruit. The 2010 needs a few years to fully come together, but it is impressive, even today. Mocha, black cherry, plum and mentholated nuances are woven into the persistent, juicy finish. The 2010 spent three plus years in cask. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 95-95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Feb 2015)
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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