An Excellent Montalcino estate, it has been awhile since we have offered anything from Fuligni, but the 2015 Riserva is just too spectacular to pass up. This estate makes up 100 hectares of land that flow in a continuous strip with 14 hectares dedicated to vines which lie about 1,000 feet above sea level. The wines of Fuligni are under the guide and experience of Paolo Vagaggini, who is considered one of the top experts on Sangiovese in Tuscany, a relationship which cultivated between the two families in the 60s. The 2015 Riserva is one of the best of all time from Fuligni and is an incredible, world-class Sangiovese. Only made in the best vintages, the Riserva sourced from the oldest and best vineyards, displaying peak Brunello expression as one of the wines of the vintage. This is easily the best buy for Brunello Riserva in 2015 and is also Decanters top-rated Brunello of the vintage and James Sucklings #10 Italian wine of 2021 and #50 overall. If you are going to spring for a Riserva in 2015, this is the one to buy.
James Suckling 99 points! "A tight, linear red with plums, chocolate and walnuts and some forest-floor and porcini mushroom undertones. Complex and aromatic. Full-bodied with dense, chewy tannins that are intense and powerful. Flavorful and long. Opulent"
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 98 points! "Fuligni gives us a truly special expression from this sunny and warm vintage. What I notice first in the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is the elegance of the aromas and those dusty, almost salty mineral notes of crushed limestone that frame the delicate fruit packed tight within. There are other distinctive aromas here, such as balsam herb, dried mint and powdered licorice root that add more layers to the bouquet. That layering continues to the palate where the wine excels on all fronts—balanced concentration, structure and freshness. This is a unique creation and a very precious wine. It is one of the stand outs of the year."
Decanter 97 points! "Fuligni’s Riserva embodies the spirit of its designation. Despite long ageing in large oak casks, it demands more time in bottle and should age gracefully for many years. It comes from the estate’s original Podere Cottimelli site in Montalcino’s northeast. Earthy chestnut and wet soil make way for hints of liquorice, lilac and allspice. Broad and expansive, it starts off with velvety tannins that build to a powdery mass, yet there's a lovely perfume that lifts the palate along with saline, stony nuances and citrussy acidity to finish."
Wine Enthusiast 97 points! "Aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, menthol and star anise form the nose of this fullbodied red. Combining structure and finesse, the palate delivers raspberry, licorice and vanilla before a coffee finish. A backbone of firm, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity keep it well balanced"
Wine Spectator 96 points! "This Brunello offers dark fruit flavors of black currant, blackberry, violet and iron. A steely line of tannins adds support and the supple texture ties it all together. Classy and complex, finishes with accents of tobacco and spice"
Antonio Galloni 95 points! "It’s hard to put down a glass of the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. This youthfully restrained yet remarkably pretty wine trades power for undeniable elegance and refinement. It’s dark and moody at times, bright and focused on radiant fruits at others. Layer after layer of crushed black cherry, woodland herbs, autumnal spice, mint leaf, cedar box and earth resonate in the glass. Its silky textures coat all that they touch in a mix of dark red berries and salty minerals, turning dry and structured toward the close under an air of inner florals and earth tones. It will be some time before the 2015 is ready, but I hope to be able to revisit this when it is. Tasted twice with consistent results."