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Friday, August 14, 2009

1997 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Reserva

It's always a pleasure to be able to taste a reserve Brunello, especially one of this quality and from a great vintage like 97'. The Fuligni family has an amazing history that dates back at least five or six centuries and I would encourage those history buffs to check out the Fuligni website for the illustrious details!

The reserve Brunello di Montalcino is aged, according to regulations, for five years, three of which are in wood. The grapes primarily come from the oldest vines in the 100 hectare estate vineyard.

The bouquet is packed full of bright cherry aromas and notes of dusty milk chocolate, soil, cedar, and kirsch. It's a fairly straight forward aroma complex that is dominated by the essence of cherry fruit with chocolate nuances.

On the palate the wine continues it's form with intense cherry flavors, dusty coco, leather, and a touch of cedar. There is great acid and tannin left in this wine that suggests it's still worthy of further aging in the cellar.

To be completely honest I was expecting a bit more complexity and secondary layers with this wine. It's mighty tasty stuff but with an aged Brunello I'm accustom to a never ending plethora of nuance and depth. This just isn't the type of wine I could smell for hours and take all night savoring. It's very one dimensional, but that solitary dimension just happens to be very beautiful and so it deserves a above average score. 91 points

Michael Hughes said...

You suck! I'm so jealous that you got to have this wine.

 
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