Fuligni 2011 Brunello Di Montalcino (DOCG), $64.59-$75.99, 96 points, poured what I affectionately describe as sunburst red, but as you might suspect, it concluded with a broadly transparent wine ring and a glass bowl of some draping.
A shy, but lovely sweet red cherry, fresh linen, roses, and a whiff of oak on the nose hinted that this wine needed a lot more time to evolve.
Medium-bodied with mouth-watering acidity and layered grainy tannins supported an elegant flavor profile of red fruit, flowers, herbs, and mint.
Finished long on developing flavors which finally culminated with warm spices, clean and crisp red cherry notes, a whisper of bourbon, and a perfectly balanced 14% alcohol.
Paired exquisitely with our Italian cuisine.
This is why Brunello is one of my favorite wines, but keep in mind that this 2011 Fuligni is a very dry red wine, and still has potent tannins which will be too harsh for many soft fruity Merlot lovers.
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