Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Reviews

 

Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Reviews

 

2012 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $210.00

98 Points Wine Spectator

This is bright, juicy and packed with cherry, strawberry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors. Linear in shape and tightly wound, yet very pure, with a long, detailed aftertaste that pulls all the elements together. Best from 2021 through 2040. From Italy.

98 Points James Suckling

There’s a very complex and fresh nose with elegant red cherries, spices and light herbal nuances. Smells very fresh. The palate has beautiful focus and depth with effortless rich dark and red cherries cast amid perfectly proportioned silk-smooth tannins. Long and so focused, the finish is superb. Try from 2022.

96 Points Wine Enthusiast

Enticing scents of iris, violet, perfumed berry and cake spice mingle with whiffs of balsamic and menthol. Full in body, but boasting a weightless elegance, the palate delivers juicy wild cherry, raspberry preserve, cinnamon and licorice. Taut, polished tannins provide structure and finesse while fresh acidity keeps it balanced. Drink 2022–2032.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

From the moment you put your nose into the bouquet, the 2012 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva gives off heat, ripe fruit and power. Brunello from this warm vintage tends to be bold, muscular and emphatic, and this wine definitely supports that claim. Black cherry, prune and plum at the core are surrounded by soft oak spice and cinnamon. The Fuligni winemaking team has done its best to tame the fruit (and allow for the more delicate aromas to emerge), but this wine moves toward the bigger side of the Brunello spectrum nonetheless.

2010 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Reviews

99 Points James Suckling

Wonderful aromas of dried mushrooms, flowers, plums, nuts and cedar. Complex. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. I love the finish. Such elegance. Racy and very long. Superb. What a wine. I always love this. Drink or hold.

96 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2010 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine that shows immense harmony and inner poise. The powerful vintage is elegantly tempered in this expression thanks to the flowing and musical nature of the aromatic presentation. The bouquet opens to a steady pace with small berry nuances followed by spice, tobacco, pressed rose and moist earth. Dig deep and there is a bit of white truffle in there as well. The wine boasts a silky texture with a lean, tonic feel that excels in terms of length and persistence. It never feels too heavy or flat. In fact, the wine is brimming with inner energy and vitality.

96 Points Wine Enthusiast

The nose is still a bit closed but eventually reveals black-skinned berry, dark spice, iris and a whiff of tilled soil. The palate is more expressive and downright delicious, offering juicy black cherry, raspberry jam, cinnamon and a touch of exotic spice. Firm, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity provide the framework while a licorice note closes the lingering finish. Drink 2020–2032.

95 Points Wine & Spirits

Fuligni’s 25 acres of vines face east-southeast on stony slopes just to the north of the town of Montalcino. Maria Flora Fuligni and her nephew, Roberto, make a Riserva in top vintages, selecting barrels primarily from their older-vine plots. The 2010 Riserva opens with cool floral notes and a hint of eucalyptus, and unfolds with layers of fresh cherry and baking spices. The flavors wash over smooth tannins, gaining intensity as the wine sits in the glass, picking up complex notes of savory herbs, orange peel and tobacco. Poised and elegant, it will gain further complexity with a few more years in the cellar.

94 Points Wine Spectator

Saturated with ripe cherry, plum, dusty cocoa, tobacco and tea aromas and flavors. The solid tannins provide support but don’t get in the way of the fruit and savory components. Finishes long and expansive. Best from 2019 through 2035. 1,000 cases made.

2007 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Reviews 

96 Points Decanter

The finest 2007 Brunellos from high ground, like this one, balance ripe and savoury hawthorn berries with intense and very clearly defined, slim tannins. Brilliant.

95 Points James Suckling

Dried fruits with hints of coffee bean and cedar. Full body with silky tannins and a tangy, savoury, complex, succulent finish. Almost salty character, with ripe fruits. Drink or hold.

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2007 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva captures the richness of the vintage while maintaining plenty of classicism in its structure. Tar, smoke, tobacco, savory herbs and incense emerge from the exotic, highly expressive bouquet. Layers of red fruit build effortlessly through to a deeply resonant finish. The 2007 has wonderful richness, but at the same time, it is clearly holding back some of its significant potential. Overall, this is one of the best of the 2007 Riservas, even if it falls a bit short of being truly viscerally thrilling.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Black cherry and berry flavors fill the balanced mouth of this riserva. There’s a lot of life in this wine and it will age slowly over the years. The freshness is bright and cleansing, and the tannins tends toward a fine and dusty quality.

92 Points Wine Spectator

Rich and dense, with cherry, black currant and cedar flavors covering the solid grip of tannins. Still closed down, yet there’s freshness on the finish, with fruit and spice accents. Best from 2016 through 2032.

2006 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Reviews

96 Points James Suckling

Very perfumed aromas of ripe fruit such as strawberries and blackberries. Turns to flowers and incense. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a bright, citrus aftertaste and ultra-clean fruit. The purity and focus of the wine is spellbinding.

95 Points Wine & Spirits

The Fuligni estate includes 25 acres of vines in the hills east of the town of Montalcino, the vineyards rising from 1,250 to 1,475 feet, the vines ranging from 12 to 30 years old. The classical nature of this Montalcino terroir takes charge, using the richness of new oak to fill out its brisk red fruit and subtle spices, shifting from black walnut scents to pepperoncini and finocchiona as if the sun had come out from behind a cloud. Evocative of a rocky Montalcino hillside, this is a riveting 2006 with years of development ahead.

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2006 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva wafts from the glass with sweet red cherries, dried flowers, licorice and tobacco. It shows lovely energy on the mid-palate to match its understated, refined personality. Silky tannins support the expressive, nuanced finish. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Sweet spice and dark fruit aromas offer all the telltale signs of a top-notch riserva. The wine is bright with etched acidity and strong tannins. Let it age 10 years or more. Defined, compact mouthfeel.

2004 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Reviews

96 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2004 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva reveals gorgeous clarity, precision and richness in a generous, enveloping style. The fruit remains incredibly pure and almost primary at this stage, suggesting the wine has many years of fine drinking ahead of it. Deceptively medium in body, Fuligni’s Riserva has plenty of tannic clout to back up the sexy, opulent fruit. A layered, impeccable finish rounds out this utterly brilliant Riserva. Readers will not want to miss this fabulous Brunello from Fuligni. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. What a joy it is to taste these new releases from Fuligni. The Brunellos in particular are both exceptional for their respective vintages. The wines capture a middle ground between modern and traditional styles that is immensely appealing.

96 Points Wine Spectator

Aromas of blueberry and blackberry, with hints of lilac. Full and velvety, with powerful chewy tannins, but so well-defined and polished. Very long and intense, with bright acidity. Needs time to come together. Best after 2012.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Compared to past vintages, this Riserva embodies a lighter, more elegant style. Aromas are delivered in a direct and vertical manner and include cherry, red currant, chocolate and shadings of exotic spice. In the mouth, this wine shows enormous intensity, but also harmony and balance.