Classic Brunello from Fuligni
Fuligni produces a classic range of Montalcino reds - Rosso, Brunello,and Super Tuscan, all consistently judged among Tuscany's finest.
The vines, which extend over 25 acres, are primarily located at altitudes varying from 1250 to 1500 feet above sea level. Here, the land is made up of a predominantly rocky terrain. New vines have been planted on land which is a mix of "tufo" and clay. The average age of the vines is about twelve years while some others date back over thirty years preserving the old Sangiovese clones of the estate with a lesser density per hectare.
A thorough pruning is done which involves the important process of thinning out the grapes to ensure a yield per acre ranging, on average, from 2 to 2.5 tons of grapes. The harvest is done manually and includes the personal participation of the owners with frequently repeated walks between the rows of vines to guarantee a rigorous selection of grapes.
The grapes are vinified separately according to cru, in a classically inspired international style characterized by a strong backbone of acidity and smooth, polished tannins. After fermentation,they are aged in the restored convent, which was transformed into barrique cellar. The former convent's cool, cloistered tranquility supplies ideal conditions for their aging. The result is called by the Wine Advocate as "... a reference-point producer in Montalcino whose wines capture a middle ground between modern and traditional approaches."
Antonio Galloni 93 Points
Fuligni's gorgeous 2003 Brunello di Montalcino is unquestionably one of the stars of the vintage. Made in a style that captures elements of both traditional and modern styles, it presents a very attractive array of ripe red fruits, smoke, tar and tobacco and toasted oak on a firm, classically-built frame. While it isn't quite as fresh as some of the other Brunellos from this part of the zone, its seamless texture and silky tannins make for a beautifully-balanced wine to enjoy now and over the next dozen years or so. This is just about as good as it gets in the tricky 2003 vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2015.