2010 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Year: 2010
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 99
Wine Enthusiast: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$149.95

2016 James Suckling Top 100: #33

"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. –BS " (WS)

"The 2010 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."(WA)

"Fuligni's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is deep, dense and powerful, with plenty of voluptuousness and inner sweetness for the year. Leather, menthol, spice, violet and licorice wrap around a core of intense, dark-fleshed fruit. The 2010 needs a few years to fully come together, but it is impressive, even today. Mocha, black cherry, plum and mentholated nuances are woven into the persistent, juicy finish. The 2010 spent three plus years in cask." (VM)

"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." (JS)

"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." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG: 100% Sangiovese, this wine is Fuligni Brunello’s crème de la crème, and is only issued in the finest years. From 20-30 year old vines grown at an altitude of 980-1,480 feet a.s.l., the grapes are harvested in late September. Must remains on lees for 18 days in stainless steel vats. The wine is then aged five months in steel and 36 months in Slavonian oak barrels. Finally, the wine is aged 12 months in bottle. The wine shows remarkable elegance and complexity, and a beautiful bouquet of marasca cherries, tobacco and mint, with a lovely, long finish.