ROSSO DI MONTALCINO
2015 Ginestreto Fuligni
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When James Suckling described Fuligni’s 2015 Rosso di Montalcino as ‘A serious rosso, always.’ He is of course right! This is ‘serious’ but not in the firm, austere way, this is serious in that it is a very elevated Rosso – and superior to so many of its rivals at this level. In fact we would much rather drink this succulent, elegant wine labelled ‘Rosso’ than a vast number of wines from Montalcino that are labelled ‘Brunello’ and cost twice the price. Roberto’s Rosso unusually comes from a specific vineyard ‘Ginestreto’ and is not just a selection of the younger vines or the second-rate Brunello juice which is normally the way. This focus from the vineyard planting onwards - always produces a very fine wine in its own right. Mellow, poised and beautifully scented – it echoes all the intricacies of the mighty Fuligni Brunello, but in a more immediately user-friendly way. 2015 was a warm season here and the slightly fuller weight of silky fruit adds a deliciously drinkable extra element in this vintage This gem is a great window on the world of the finest that Montalcino can offer. L&S (Apr 2018)
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A solid red with dark berry, cherry and hints of chocolate. Medium to full body. Chewy tannins and a rich finish. A serious rosso, always. Drink now. Rating: 94-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Sep 2017)
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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