2017 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
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JS 96 WA 95 DC 93 VN 92 WE 92 WS 92
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, November 2021

Plenty of complexity to this, with cherry, plum, blackberry and hints of cedar and stone. Full-bodied with layered, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Punctuated and defined for the 2017 vintage. Drinkable now, but...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2022

The Fuligni 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine, and it shines a much-deserved spotlight on one of the most consistent estates in Montalcino. It is bright and luminous with a dark ruby shine. The bouquet...
DC 93

Decanter, November 2021

At 420 metres in Montalcino’s northeast, the Fuligni estate expands over 100 hectares, 14 of which are vineyards. Location provided some reprieve from the heat in 2017 and harvesting for Brunello began in mid-September...
VN 92

Vinous, December 2021

The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is punchy and spry from the first tilt of the glass, featuring raspberry, roses, licorice and hints of flowery undergrowth. The bouquet darkens over time, taking on shades of cedar, along...
WE 92

Wine Enthusiast, April 2022

This has aromas of camphor, cedar and oak-driven spice. On the tight, rather assertive palate, a backbone of fine-grained tannins underscore dried cherry, prune, licorice and tobacco. Drink 2024–2029. KERIN O’KEEFE
WS 92

Wine Spectator, June 2022

Mulled plum, cherry, earth and woodsy underbrush flavors mark this compact red, which is concentrated and balanced, delivering more power than finesse and complexity today. Best from 2025 through 2039. – BS


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

Fuligni is a family-owned estate on the eastern side of Montalcino. The vines, which extend over ten hectares, are primarily located at Cottimelli with altitudes varying from 1,250 to 1,500 feet. Average age of the vines is about twelve years with some dating back more than thirty years. The estate’s four vineyards are planted with Sangiovese, complemented by a small portion of Merlot.

The Fuligni range consists of the regular Brunello, a Brunello Riserva, a Rosso (Ginestreto), and an IGT Toscana made from a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot.

Fuligni Brunello is the result of carefully selected grapes coming from low yields per hectare. It is not produced in years when the quality of the harvested grapes is not suitable to maintain the high standards of the estate. It is aged for four years, of which approximately two and a half are in wood.

Fuligni’s regular Brunello di Montalcino–with its elegant combination of fruit and spicy aromas–can age, but is designed for early drinking.

The 2017 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino is a truly exceptional wine that embodies the essence of the renowned Brunello di Montalcino region in Tuscany, Italy. With its deep red color and elegant label, this wine immediately captures the eye and promises a memorable tasting experience.

Upon opening the bottle, the aromas that waft from the glass are complex and enticing. Cherry, plum, and blackberry notes intertwine with hints of cedar and stone, creating a captivating bouquet that invites you to delve deeper into the wine's depths. As you take your first sip, you'll be greeted by a full-bodied wine with velvety tannins that coat the palate in a luxurious embrace. The layers of flavor unfold on your tongue, with the cherry and plum notes taking center stage, supported by undertones of cedar and a touch of earthiness. The finish is long and flavorful, leaving a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 96 points, noting its complexity and defining it as a standout for the 2017 vintage. He recommends enjoying it now, but suggests that it will continue to improve with age, reaching its peak after 2023. Other esteemed critics, such as Vinous and Decanter, also praised this wine for its elegance, balance, and potential for aging.

Produced by the esteemed Fuligni winery, which has a long history of crafting exceptional wines, this Brunello di Montalcino showcases the Sangiovese Grosso varietal in all its glory. The grapes are carefully cultivated in the vineyards of Montalcino, where the Fuligni estate benefits from its prime location at 420 meters above sea level. The altitude provides some relief from the heat, resulting in grapes with vibrant acidity and optimal ripeness.

With an alcohol content of 14.5%, this wine strikes a perfect balance between power and finesse. It is a wine that can be enjoyed now, but its structure and depth suggest that it will continue to evolve and develop for years to come. Whether you choose to savor it on its own or pair it with a hearty Tuscan dish, the 2017 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino is sure to impress even the most discerning wine connoisseur.