Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2018 75 CL

Rosso Di Toscana – Montalcino

Fuligni has once again created a formidable Brunello di Montalcino in the 2018 vintage.

Decanter 96
Falstaff Magazine 97
Robert Parker 95
Wine Spectator 95
James Suckling 94

A first place on Wine Spectator’s list of the top 10 producers in Montalcino. It speaks its own and clear language. However, we find it difficult to be surprised, because Fuligni is a Brunello house in the absolute top class.

Here we are talking about Brunello on grapes that are up to 35 years old, and they are all carefully selected with stubborn demands that only the best is good enough. It produces a wine that is full-bodied and complex and in sublime balance with clean, perfumed aromas and flavors of dark cherries, violets, blackcurrants, herbs and forest floor.

The grapes come from Fuligni’s four fields San Giovanni, Il Piano, Ginestreto and La Bandita. They are all located at an altitude between 380 and 450 meters above sea level, and the vines are between 12 and 35 years old.

Fuligni deliberately keeps the harvest yield very low, so that the grapes get extra flavor and complexity. They are picked by hand in several rounds, because each individual plot is only harvested when it is completely ready for it. Here, it is the grapes and vines that determine when to work – not the winegrower’s and employees’ attitudes to when it fits into the plans. In 2018, Fuligni also decided not to make a riserva version of their Brunello di Montalcino, which is why the house’s best Sangiovese grapes have been used for their “regular” Brunello. This has made an already excellent wine even more amazing.

Once the wine is vinified, it ages for 36 months in a combination of older, large barrels and in barriques. This is followed by 18 months in bottle before the wine is released. By then it has achieved a fullness and complexity that is in perfect balance. 2018 was a warm but beautiful year for Tuscan wine. The great vintage, as well as Fuligni’s exceptional craftsmanship, have once again resulted in a masterful Brunello.

Decanter – 96

Under the leadership of Maria Flora Fuligni since 1971, along with her long-time right-hand Dr Daniela Perino – now the estate’s CEO – Fuligni is one of the denomination’s most consistent performers. The 2018 does not disappoint: it epitomizes the elegance of the vintage. A captivating synthesis of florals and earth, the nose radiates pressed violet, lavender and rose with truffle and tobacco accents. It expands in the mouth with flavor rather than weight or brawn. Red currants and orange are amplified by piercing acidity, and well-formed, magnificently textured tannins are chalky and adequately padded, giving layers and profundity. Not pushed beyond its capacity, this will drink beautifully over the next decade.
Falstaff Magazine – 97

Clear medium dense ruby with broad garnet rim. Very fragrant and inviting nose, shows lots of fresh fruit with fresh plum and cherry, fine herbal savouriness in the background. Compact and vivid in texture, shows very balanced and clear with well integrated tannin, spreads in long waves, nice juiciness in the flow.
Robert Parker – 95

The Fuligni 2018 Brunello di Montalcino stands out for its smooth integration of aromas and the carefully balanced intensity achieved here, which shows momentum but also remains very fine and nuanced. There are many sides to the bouquet with wild fruit, cassis, crushed stone, candied orange and fresh herbs or rosemary. A floral note also appears that suggests rose or iris root. The tannins are very well managed and silky. You hardly feel them, yet the wine offers firm structure throughout. This is a production of 35,000 bottles and one I am happy to recommend.
Wine Spectator – 95

Marked by a beam of pure cherry and rose hip flavors, this elegant, succulent red is beautifully balanced between the fruit, acidity, tannins and texture, with accents of earth, tobacco and wild herbs adding detail. The long finish indicates fine potential. Best from 2025 through 2042. 3,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported.
James Suckling – 94

A fine Brunello with black cherry, hazelnut and chocolate aromas and flavors. Very perfumed. Medium-bodied with a pretty texture and delicious finish. Lovely fine tannins. Not the most structured red but will improve with age while delivering wonderful pleasure now. Drinkable but better after 2023.

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