|Sub-district||Brunello di Montalcino|
The purity of fruit on the nose is perfection with cherries, crushed raspberries, mineral, pumice and citrus fruit. Dust, too. Full body. Powerful, chewy tannins. So long and muscular, yet polished and formed. Most structured Brunello I have ever had from here. A wine for decades. Try after 2022. Drinking range: 2022 - 2042 Rating: 100 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Jan 2020)
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A remarkable nose of bright fruit - all red and zipping with a touch of sophisticated wood-spice leads to a generous, gorgeously textured palate. Loaded with red berries with real bite and even a lemony, bergamot note creeps in. Such freshness. And then some richer, softer, darker flesh builds weight and a svelte, sexy plumpness is perfectly tempered by softly polished, super-fine tannins. There is a feel of crushed rock dust and then that enveloping fruit wight comes back - all so perfectly underpinned by a juicy line of acidity. Wow, what balance! This is immediately delicious and is already hard to resist, yet it has everything in spades - perfect harmony and a very long, exciting life ahead for the patient.L&S (Feb 2020)
Fuligni is on a short list of the best wine estates in Montalcino. The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is fragrant and delicate, showing a level of precision and elegance that pushes the limits of this terrific vintage. The wine is fresh and buoyant with ample primary fruit and acidity to carry it over multiple decades of cellar aging. The bouquet reveals a slow succession of wild berry, rose, crushed flowers and graphite-like aromas with spice and licorice. The mouthfeel is structured, firm and built to last. Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 95+ Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Oct 2020)
The Fuligni estate is located between the town of Montalcino and Torrenieri in the northeast. Its 10ha of vineyards reach up to 450 metres on rocky marls and are mostly east facing. This rather gentle, cooler exposition worked in the wine's favour in 2015. While full-bodied, it is adeptly proportioned and even demonstrates great precision, boasting sweet, dried herbs, coriander and leather atop plush red cherries. There is a stoniness underneath, with layers of clingy tannins and a sappy, appetising finish. Drinking range: 2022 - 2037 Rating: 95 Decanter Magazine (Apr 2020)
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 Paolo Vagaggini and his son Jacopo, 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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