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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
(search item no. 121494)
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James Suckling rating: 96 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $99.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Solely from the finest years. Shows remarkable elegance and complexity, and a beautiful bouquet of marasca cherries, tobacco and mint, with a lovely, long finish.

Pair with very rich, structured dishes, red meat, game, seasoned cheeses.

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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.