Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2010
Monica Larner of Wine Advocate reports on Fuligni: 'I have always admired the work underway at Fuligni. Maria Fuligni and nephew Roberto Guerrini Fuligni deliver consistent results throughout the good years as well as the more challenging ones. The secret to this success, in my view, is twofold. First and foremost is the family’s intimate knowledge of their vineyards. There are four sites (Vigna S. Giovanni, Vigna del Ginestreto, Vigna della Bandita and Vigna del Piano) that comprehensively offer a range of soil types, exposures, vine ages and altitudes. Each parcel is vinified separately thus awarding enormous winemaking freedom and flexibility. Of course there is also a built-in safety valve in how the grapes are processed. Depending on quality, fruit is destined to Rosso, base Brunello and Riserva accordingly. The second secret to Fuligni’s success is courage. The family has shown brass knuckles required to make those difficult decisions.'
The Fuligni estate spreads over approximately 100 hectares of land in an almost continual strip on the eastern side of Montalcino. The vines, which extend over ten hectares, are primarily located at Cottimelli at altitudes varying from 380 to 450 meters above sea level. Here, the land, which predominantly faces east, belongs entirely to the Santa Fiora (marl) geological formation of Eocene origin and is made up of a prevalently rocky terrain. The Fuligni Viscounts, a long-standing Venetian family, moved to England in the 14th century at the head of a troop of mercenaries at the service of Edward III. With the succession of the Absburg- Lorraine to the Grand Duchy, Luigi Fuligni was transferred to Tuscany as general of the new sovereignty and, around 1770, received an extensive concession of land in the Maremma from the Grand Duke, Pietro Leopoldo. Giovanni Maria Fuligni settled in Montalcino at the beginning of 1900 and started to produce wine just as his family had previously done in the area around Scansano in the Maremma.
|Appellation||Brunello di Montalcino|
Wine EnthusiastThis opens with aromas of blue flower, red berry, menthol and baking spice. The delicious palate delivers juicy red cherry, crushed plum, cinnamon, white pepper and mineral. Impeccably balanced with polished tannins and freshness, it impresses for its combination of intensity and elegance. Drink 2018-2028.
Wine SpectatorA bright, spice-laden version, with macerated cherry, strawberry, tobacco and earth flavors. The ample tannins add structure, yet the lasting impression is of sweet fruit and refinement. Best from 2018 through 2032. 2,500 cases made.