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Steven Spurrier from cellar 2013, Brunello di Montalcino Fuligni

From the cellar: Holidaying in Tuscany

My annual family holiday in Tuscany is usually split between Fattoria Nittardi in Chianti and Castello di Argiano near Montalcino. At Nittardi, I tasted a vertical of Nectar Dei, its icon Maremma Toscana blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Merlot, Syrah and a touch of Alicante Bouschet. The 2003, the wine’s first vintage, showed the heat of that year and the young vines; 2004 had both firmness and spice; 2005 was perfect now in the Tuscan Bordeaux style; 2006 was young with lifted fragrance, vigour and balance; 2007 was a blockbuster with superb tannins for the future; 2008 was a marvellous expression of deep fruit and was my favourite of the tasting (to 2020); 2009 was in the 2007 mould, but more elegant (to 2018), and finally the 2010, whose exuberant black fruits will see it through to 2025.

Back home, I opened three 2001 Tuscans from the cellar: Rocca di Montegrossi, Vigneto San Marcellino, Chianti Classico Riserva, a single-vineyard Sangiovese of extreme elegance; Castello di Argiano, Brunello di Montalcino, warm, smooth with spice and charm; and Brunello di Montalcino, Fuligny, more vigorous and firmer, Pauillac to Argiano’s Pomerol; all three with life ahead of them.

Taken from the November 2013 issue of Decanter magazine

Steven Spurrier from cellar 2013, Ornellaia 2007
Steven Spurrier from cellar 2013, Des bouches du rhone domaine de trevallon 2005
Steven Spurrier from cellar 2013, Brunello di Montalcino Fuligni
Steven Spurrier from cellar 2013, Pol Roger Blanc de-= Blanc 1999