Empson USA Fuligni

Fact Sheet


Location: Montalcino, Province of Siena, Tuscany, Italy.

Fuligni was founded in 1923 by the Viscounts Fuligni, an ancient Venetian family who moved to Tuscany around 1770. The present owner is Roberto Guerrini Fuligni, enologist Paolo Vagaggini and agronomist Federico Ricci, in charge of vineyard management.

The property covers approximately 247 acres east of Montalcino, historically the home to the most classic of Brunellos. Surface comprises almost 25 acres (10 hectares) under vine, principally located at I Cottimelli (hence ?vigneti dei Cottimelli?). Most of these are devoted to Montalcino?s own Sangiovese; the rest is planted with Merlot, which complements the Brunello grape in the SJ blend.

The older vineyards are 1,250-1,480 feet above sea level, mainly easterly and southeasterly exposed on stony/clayey, hillside ?galestro? marls. The soil is low in organic components which are more conducive to minuscule yields. The most recent vineyards have been planted southeast on tuffaceous-clayey soil. Crops are further reduced due to the vines? age (12 to 30-plus years), their density, severe pruning and green harvest. The recently added vineyards are even more densely planted, 10 to 12 years old and at a slightly lower altitude of 985 feet on predominantly clayey terrain better suited to Merlot.

The grapes are vinified separately according to cru, in a classically inspired international style characterized by a strong backbone of acidity and smooth, polished tannins. The Fuligni range is a complete cross-section of Montalcino offerings, Rosso, Brunello, and Super Tuscan. The yearly production averages between 3,700 to 4,100 cases.

All consistently judged among Tuscany?s finest, they are aged in a restored convent, which was transformed into barrique cellar, tasting rooms and guest quarters. The former convent?s cool, cloistered tranquility supplies ideal conditions for their ?levage.

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