2015 Merlot Fuligni
Relatively new offering from Roberto, in this vintage richly layered and textured with incredible balance and intensity, sleek and glossy, but maintaining a lovely line and finesse. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 L&S (Apr 2019)
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Dark plums, blueberry cake, dark spices and vanilla. Succulent and round with ripe and chewy tannins, but some really pretty, floral undertones throughout, as well as tangy acidity to add shape and zing. Grainy on the finish. A new merlot super Tuscan from this producer. Drink now or hold. Drinking range: 2019 - Rating: 94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Jun 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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