2001 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino
Currant, berry and raspberry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with firm yet silky tannins and a fresh finish. Goes on for minutes. Tight and concentrated now. One for the cellar. Best after 2008. (JS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Highly perfumed aromas of musky red berries, dried flowers, sandalwood and gingerbread. Dense, seamless and superconcentrated, with sharply focused berry and mineral flavors intensified and lifted by ripe, perfectly integrated acids. This has fruit of steel and superb vinosity and grip. Finishes extremely long and palate-staining, with great lift to its fruit. Built for aging. (ST)
Delicate balsam, evolved cherry-berry and smoky roundness are delicious. A good, compact structure with untamed tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From its 8 hectares of vineyards outside Montalcino, this small property makes excellent Brunellos in an updated style that marries elements of both traditional and modern schools. Fuligni’s beautiful 2001 Brunello di Montalcino offers layers of ripe cherry fruit intermingled with subtle notes of sweet toasted oak, licorice and minerals, with excellent persistence and length in a poised style that captures the stylish, sophisticated qualities of the vintage. This wine will require a few years in the cellar for its tannins to soften and it should drink well to age 20. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021. (AG)
Complex, tertiary aromas. Very firm with lots of fine well integrated acidity and real density. No spurious sweetness. Lots of integrity here. Just starting to drink well.
3 Stars! I've always loved the Fuligni style their soft, elegant (excuse me French purists, I hate to use it but it is a good descriptor) almost Burgundian feel in the mouth leaving a sweet-leather reminiscence. This 2001 is the younger sister of the family and she's looking to play Power Forward in the WNBA, very different than the classic reserved nature of this estate. This wine is bold, loud, strong and proud and you won't be able to miss its size. Dark cherry like fruit with fine grain tannins are deposited on the palate but in a muscular, dense, powerful style. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)