ROSSO DI MONTALCINO
2018 Ginestreto Fuligni
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A beautiful Rosso di Montalcino with berry, cherry, light cedar and chocolate undertones. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, linear tannins that are polished and lightly chewy. Just the right amount of tannin and cedar at the finish. Drink or hold. Rating: 92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2021)
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The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino Ginestreto is a gorgeous expression of Sangiovese fruit, showing spiced black cherries with hints of clove, sage and dusty florals. It’s ripe and generous yet also perfectly balanced, blending wild berry fruit with salty minerals, as zesty acids keep its energy high. There’s a bit of a tannic tug here, but it never gets in the way of this truly enjoyable Rosso; instead it just punctuates the expression perfectly. It will be hard to keep your hands off, but another year in bottle may bring out further depths. Drinking range: 2022 - 2026 Rating: 93 Eric Guido, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)
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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