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Go-to-Wine Tuesday: Fuligni 2012 Rosso di Montalcino

Posted on | February 3, 2015 | Written by David Gwo | No Comments

RD8485-2The last few weeks here at IWM have been a whirlwind thanks to the wave of 2010 Brunello di Montalcino coming in. We’ve been talking about 2010 Brunello for over a year now (as have many wine critics) and the excitement of these releases is palpable. My colleagues and I have had the opportunity to speak with winemakers and taste their 2010s, and it’s truly going to be remarkable vintage. Many are claiming that it’s the best vintage in over two decades, rivaling years like 1990, and will be one for the history books.

With that being said, the 2010 Brunellos are going to be wines to lay down, so if you’re looking for Sangiovese from Montalcino to enjoy now the new 2012 Rosso di Montalcinos are great choices. Often referred to as “Baby Brunellos,” these wines are also 100% Sangiovese Grosso, but they come from younger vines and endure less aging. This results in a wine that is more approachable in its youth, meant to be enjoyed while your Brunellos mature.

My selection today is the 2012 Fuligni Rosso di Montalcino. We just rolled out with the 2010 Brunello made by Fuligni the other day, and it’s one of the staple Brunellos we feature here at IWM. This estate is one of the hidden gems in the Montalcino region. It’s family owned, stylistically straddling the lines between modern and traditional, and its wines have a combination of both drinkability and longevity. 2012 was a tough year in Montalcino, but many of the Rossos have turned out amazingly well, and this wine is no exception.

This ’12 Rosso di Montalcino from Fuligni displays all the telltale characteristics of Sangiovese Grosso (a.k.a. Brunello). On the nose it explodes with dark red berries, kissed with notes of spice and hints of leather. On the palate this wine has great structure, and its perceptible but not overly assertive tannins are backed by good acidity in a medium-bodied frame. This wine is an ideal accompaniment to pizza and pastas and is a perfect choice to open casually on weekends (or weekdays if you’re fancy). It’s so good, no one would blame you for drinking it any night of the week.

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