S.J. Rosso di Toscana IGT
The Fuligni viscounts came from an ancient Venetian family of leaders and generals who moved to Tuscany around 1770. The Montalcino estate was founded in 1923 and the present owner is the exquisite Maria Flora Fuligni, who works side by side with nephew Roberto Guerrini Fuligni, enologist Paolo Vagaggini and agronomist Federico Ricci, who is in charge of vineyard management. The property covers roughly 100 hectares (247 acres) east of Montalcino, the historic home to the most classic-style Brunellos. They have almost 25 acres (10 hectares) under vine, principally located at I Cottimelli (which lends its name to “Vigneti dei Cottimelli”), where the vineyards are located. The winery grows mostly Sangiovese for its excellent Montalcino wines, and just a bit of Merlot. Exposure for the vineyards is southeast and east facing, and the soils feature Tuscany’s typical galestro as well as clay and tuff. Each vineyard is vinified separately and the wines are classically inspired yet internationally appealing, featuring a strong backbone of acidity and smooth, polished tannins. Fuligni offers a complete range of Montalcino offerings, including Rosso, Brunello, and Super Tuscans, consistently rated among the top wines of the area.
The Super Tuscan of the range, S.J. is “a variation based on Sangiovese.” It is a blend of mostly Sangiovese, accented by Merlot. It ages in French oak tonneaux, which offers the blend softness and preserves the quality and freshness inherent in Sangiovese. Harvested in the earliest days of fall, the grapes macerate for eighteen days before aging in stainless steel and in Allier oak tonneaux.
Wine exported to
Bermuda, Canada, USA, Japan, Korea, Poland, Australia, Austria
60% Sangiovese and 40% Merlot
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Length of maceration:
5 or 7.5 hL
Type of oak:
Allier oak tonneaux
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Aging in bottle:
300-450 meters (980-1,480 feet) above sea level
5,000 vines per hectare
Age of vines:
10-15 years old
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Concentrated and lush texture; a rich, ripe, mellow and structured Super Tuscan, packed with berry aromas and intriguing nuances of autumn leaves, spices and incense.
Best served at 18 °C (64.4 °F).
Pairs well with structured, flavorful dishes, red meat and aged cheese.
Alc. cont. 14% by vol.