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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
(search item no. 104856)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $115.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Riserva 2004 comes from a 5-star vintage and was aged 5 years, 3 of which in oak. It's still a baby and will show its full colors in a couple of years, to go on living for a very, very long time. Depth and structure have all the magnitude of great Brunello Riservas, hailing from select grapes and oldest vines. Intense ruby, garnet color, the bouquet calls to mind spice, red fruit and subtle coffee nuances; on the palate, the noble tannins indicate future longevity and need to mellow out at this stage; they are complemented by firm acidity and brilliant notes of currant, cherries and spice. - Maria Flora Fuligni & Roberto Guerrini
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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.