BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
|Sub-district||Brunello di Montalcino|
The Fuligni 2014 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine. To my mind, it represents one of the best interpretations you will find from this difficult vintage that caused so much unease. The Fuligni family shows a deft hand, resulting in a wine that offers more balance, intensity and depth than a good majority of its peers. It opens to a compact and streamlined style, but it follows through with an articulate set of aromas including cassis, red rose, camphor ash and aniseed. The mouthfeel is thin in texture but lengthy in flavor and freshness. This is a very traditional expression of Sangiovese in heart and soul. Some 20,000 bottles were made. Drinking range: 2020 - 2033 Rating: 92+ Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Jan 2019)
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Some smoky notes with savory and sanguine aromas, as well as deeply spicy red cherries. The palate delivers an impressively concentrated core of red-cherry and red-plum flavor. The tannins are succulent and the depth is good for this vintage. Drink or hold. Drinking range: 2019 - Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2019)
Moderately saturated bright red. Raspberry, cassis, licorice and sexy, spicy tarry oak on the nose. Savory and fleshy on the palate, with a pungent acidity to the ripe red cherry, mocha, floral and mint flavors. Finishes long, with an at once saline and sweet taste profile. Good intensity but seems a little disjointed presently with the ripe creamy fruit notes not in harmony with the acid spine. Needs a couple years to expand and balance in the bottle. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 90+ Ian d'Agata, www.vinousmedia.com (Mar 2019)
Alluring aromas of strawberry, violet, tilled earth and cake spice shape the refined nose. Taut and youthfully austere, the linear, rather light-bodied palate evokes crunchy cherry, powdered sage, orange zest and star anise alongside firm acidity and polished tannins. Drinking range: 2022 - 2026 Rating: 90 The Wine Enthusiast www.winemag.com (Jan 2019)
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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