BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
|Sub-district||Brunello di Montalcino|
Ripe cherries & strawberries, fragrant with mocha and touch of oak. Palate has great grip, fruit less prominent and touch darker, cedar, earth, coffee and tobacco, ripe fulsome tannins, great acidity quite taut and long, but becoming ever so elegant. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 L&S (Sep 2015)
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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.
A fascinating, complex, ethereal nose, then real grip and power. Harry Eyres (Oct 2016)
Firm and tarry. Very lively. Lots to chew on and utterly authentic. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2016)
Pale red. Racy and lively with strong chestnut and fennel notes. A pure pleasure. Drinking range: 2016 - 2025 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2016)
Fuligni's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a delightful wine that excels both in terms of its generosity and its approachability. It's easy to drink the whole bottle, glass after glass. The warmer vintage has shaped soft and rich fruit flavors that are enduring and enticing. Spice, leather and tangy tobacco fill in the rear adding dimension and aromatic substance. The mouthfeel shows great textural richness and a sudden spot of bright acidity. This is an honest, upfront and utterly enjoyable Brunello. Drinking range: 2017 - 2027 Rating: 93-93 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Mar 2016)
The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is dark, pliant and super-expressive. Dark cherry, plum, blood orange and exotic spices all lift from the glass. Aromatically intriguing and generous, the 2011 will be ready to give all it's got pretty early. Although the 2011 is not especially complex, it is sensual, racing and inviting, all qualities that are accentuated by silky tannins that give the wine its succulent, open-knit personality. The 2011 spent two and half years in a combination of tonneau and cask. Drinking range: 2017 - 2029 Rating: 93-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Feb 2016)
Plenty of strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors, but it's refined and elegant with brightness and finesse. Polished and wonderfully harmonious. Really gorgeous. One of wines of the vintage. Drink or hold. Rating: 94-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2016)
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