Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2016
“Fuligni was founded in 1923 by the Viscounts Fuligni, an ancient Venetian family who moved to Tuscany around 1770. The present owner is the exquisite Maria Flora Fuligni, who works side by side with nephew Roberto Guerrini Fuligni, enologist Paolo Vagaggini and agronomist Federico Ricci, in charge of vineyard management.
“For Fuligni, terroir is the essence of great wines as well as the cultural legacy of generations of winegrowers who work a piece of land to capture its best exposures and to perfect cultivation and aging techniques. Everything from vineyard management to grape selection focuses on showcasing the land.
“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. The Fuligni range is a complete cross-section of Montalcino offerings, Rosso, Brunello, and Super Tuscan. The yearly production averages between 50,000-60,000 bottles.
“All of Fuligni’s wines are consistently judged among Tuscany’s finest. The wines are aged in a restored convent, which was transformed into a barrique cellar, tasting rooms and guest quarters. The former convent’s cool, cloistered tranquility supplies ideal conditions for their élevage.”
“The Fuligni family moved from Maremma to Montalcino early in the 20th century, establishing the estate in 1923. Maria Flora has been at the helm since 1971, with her nephew Roberto managing most of the operations today. This historic property has released one of the most exquisite wines of 2016. Revealing its complexities gradually, it unfolds with a smoky flintiness, balsamic nuances and Mediterranean herbs. Seemingly endless in layers and depth, there is generosity but it never weighs the palate down. Powerful, sophisticated tannins are finely powdered, and piercing acidity radiates throughout. Hints of liquorice, violet, blood orange and iron eventually emerge. Lengthy and effortlessly commanding.” – Decanter
“Enticingly fragrant, this opens with heady aromas of rose, violet, new leather, truffle and balsamic whiffs of camphor. Vibrant and focused, the chiseled, elegant palate is all about finesse, delivering bright red cherry, orange zest, licorice and white pepper framed in taut, refined tannins. Bright acidity keeps it superbly balanced and fresh. It’s already drinking beautifully but hold for even more complexity. Drink 2024–2036.” – Wine Enthusiast
“Aromas of cedar, sandalwood and black cherries with some plums. Full-bodied and very chewy with lots of tannins and a fluid fruit base behind it all, providing such beauty and precision. Real purity and focus. Give this two or three years to come together. Try after 2022, but this has a long life ahead.” – Jason Suckling