2001 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1025232 95 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (4/2006)

94 points 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)  (7/2006)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Delicate balsam, evolved cherry-berry and smoky roundness are delicious. A good, compact structure with untamed tannins.  (4/2006)

91 points 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)  (12/2006)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (6/2009)

K&L Notes

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)

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


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Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.