2012 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93+
James Suckling: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$69.95

"Cherry, plum, spice and tobacco flavors are the themes in this rich, grainy red, which is well-integrated, with a vibrant feel. Accents of earth and leather emerge on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2,500 cases made. –BS " (WS)

"The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a dark and savory wine with a generous bouquet of meaty aromas that peel back in thick layers. At its core is a healthy dose of black fruit, but background aromas of cured meat, grilled spice and smoked bacon give the wine a unique personality. This wine shows enthusiastic readiness were it to be paired with a succulent, fire-roasted steak. The mouthfeel revealed by this Brunello from Fuligni is surprisingly dense, thick and velvety. The wine shows attractive richness on both the nose and the palate. It is ready to drink in the near or medium-term." (WA)

"Good full red. Complex, penetrating aromas and flavors of red cherry, strawberry, minerals and violet, plus a complicating hint of cinnamon. Rich and dense but with a strong mineral underpinning giving this a very precise, lifted mouthfeel. Long and very clean on the vibrant finish. Outstanding, classic, refined Brunello." (VM)

"Extremely floral with rose-petal and cherry character. Walnut and mushroom undertones. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Citrus-rind undertones. Delicious, solid and harmonious wine. Drink or hold. Better in 2019." (JS)

"Forest floor, aromatic herb, dark spice and eucalyptus aromas come together with a floral twist. Bright and elegant, the palate shows succulent wild cherry, white pepper, star anise and chopped mint flavors. With its taut, fine-grained tannins and firm acidity, it needs time to unwind and fully develop. Drink 2022–2032." (WE)

Winery Notes:
100% Sangiovese Grosso 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 two to three months in steel and 24 to 36 months in Slavonian oak barrels and Allier oak tonneaux. Finally, the wine is aged four months in bottle. Deep garnet color with orange hues, the bouquet shows red fruit and spice, confirmed on the palate. Soft tannins, firm structure and silky texture.