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2014 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1411471 93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The grapes for this Brunello come from Fuligni's oldest vines which typically go into the Riserva. In 2014, harvest was pushed back until mid-October in order to achieve full ripeness. The wine spent the first four to five months in small 5hl barrels to stabilise the colour, with the remaining time spent in traditional large botti. It opens with iron and savoury spice before revealing leather and tobacco leaf notes. There's definitely some flesh to pad out the structure in this well-balanced example, with smoky incense notes on the finish. (MM) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Some smoky notes with savory and sanguine aromas, as well as deeply spicy red cherries. The palate delivers an impressively concentrated core of red-cherry and red-plum flavor. The tannins are succulent and the depth is good for this vintage. Inner quote mark (6/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Fuligni 2014 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine. To my mind, it represents one of the best interpretations you will find from this difficult vintage that caused so much unease. The Fuligni family shows a deft hand, resulting in a wine that offers more balance, intensity and depth than a good majority of its peers. It opens to a compact and streamlined style, but it follows through with an articulate set of aromas including cassis, red rose, camphor ash and aniseed. The mouthfeel is thin in texture but lengthy in flavor and freshness. This is a very traditional expression of Sangiovese in heart and soul. (ML) 92+ Inner quote mark (1/2019)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A poised, medium-bodied wine from the difficult 2014 vintage, this offers red berry flavors laced with notes of thyme and damp leaves, with smooth tannins that make it immediately appealing. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Moderately saturated bright red. Raspberry, cassis, licorice and sexy, spicy tarry oak on the nose. Savory and fleshy on the palate, with a pungent acidity to the ripe red cherry, mocha, floral and mint flavors. Finishes long, with an at once saline and sweet taste profile. Good intensity but seems a little disjointed presently with the ripe creamy fruit notes not in harmony with the acid spine. Needs a couple years to expand and balance in the bottle. (ID) 90+ Inner quote mark (3/2019)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Alluring aromas of strawberry, violet, tilled earth and cake spice shape the refined nose. Taut and youthfully austere, the linear, rather light-bodied palate evokes crunchy cherry, powdered sage, orange zest and star anise alongside firm acidity and polished tannins. (KO) Inner quote mark (5/2019)


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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2019 | Send Email
In my opinion Fuligni ranks among the top tier of Brunello properties and their 2014 definitely exceeds expectation in what was a very challenging vintage. It's a bit more streamline than most years but has plenty of intensity of fruit and good length in contrast. Perfect to open in the near future with a juicy steak or meat sauced pasta dish.

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