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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2006
Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2006
(search item no. 110983)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
James Suckling rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $72.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 100% Sangiovese Grosso is aged partly in Slavonian oak vats of about of French oak, for more than 3 years, followed by about one year in the bottle before release. Bursting at the seams with plum and cherry fruit sustained by firm, full structure and polished tannins.

Optimal lasting characteristics, but is destined for more immediate drinking. With its elegant combination of fruit and spicy aromas, the Fuligni Brunello is the result of carefully selected grapes coming from low yields per hectare and is not produced in years when the quality of the harvested grapes is not suitable to maintain the high standards of the estate.

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About Fuligni:

All labels bear the lion of St. Marco in honor of the Fulignis' Venetian origins. The family, however, has long been thoroughly Tuscan, founding the winery in 1923 round a Medici villa and a tiny country convent of the Renaissance. Maria Flora Fuligni and nephew Roberto Guerrini Fuligni have just restored the latter to its sixteenth-century purity. Its cool, cloistered tranquillity supplies ideal aging conditions for these elegantly structured reds, jointly orchestrated by Maria Flora, oenologist Paolo Vagaggini, and agronomist Federico Ricci. Besides this restoration work, the past year has seen further expansion of the vineyards (now 25 productive acres out of the total 247). Altitude varies between 1250-1480 feet above sea level. Exposure is mainly eastern and southeastern, and terrain consists of stony/clayey, hillside "galestro" marls. The soil is low in organic components — therefore conducive to minuscule yields. Crops are further cut back by the vines’ age (12-30 years), their density, severe pruning and green harvest. The newly added vineyards are even more densely planted, 10 to 12 years old and at a slightly lower altitude of 984 feet, on predominantly clayey terrain better suited to Merlot. The grapes are vinified separately according to cru, in a classically inspired international style.