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2004 Tenuta La Fuga, Brunello di Montalcino


In the late 2000 the Folonari family reorganized its company.  They were the principal owners of Nozzole, Ruffino, and four other brands.  Tenuta la Fuga is a new estate that was acquired during the reorganization.  The Tentua La Fuga estate is located southwest of Montalcino.  The 75 acres were originally part of Camilliano estate but were split off in the 1980s with final control transferred to the Folonari family in 2002.

Vineyard, Image from Tenuta La Fuga

The estate lies at 1,200 feet and consists of 25 acres that are planted with vineyards and the rest with olive groves.  Just over 16 acres are classified at Brunello di Montalcino with 11 acres containing 20-year-old Sangiovese vines and the remaining 9 acres containing vines planted in 1993 and 2000.  The vineyards produce a maximum of 3,500 cases of wine.  The grapes are harvested in October and 65% are used for the production of wine.  The grapes are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel then complete malolactic fermentation and aging in large Slavonian casks.  The wine is aged for 36 months in cask and a further 18 months in bottle.

Wine Aging in Barrels, Image from Tenuta La Fuga

This wine is imported by Kobrand Wine & Spirits and locally available at MacArthur’s.  It cost $35 when I bought it but there were only 9 bottles left.  I have no contemporary experience with Brunello di Montalcino but I highly recommend this bottle.  While I recommend that it be cellared for several more years it is approachable and enjoyable now.

2004 Tenta la Fuga, Brunello di Montalcino
With a few hours of air the lovely nose shows red cherry, raspberry, dusty herbs, and other scents.  There are flavors of red fruits, some blue fruit, and cedar.  The supportive acidity plays with the gritty, dusty, bright red fruit.  Then there are minerals in the finish which has a light amount of fine tannins.  There is some enjoyable saltiness.  This puts on good weight.  ***(*) 2015-2022.

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  1. September 21, 2011 at 8:59 am

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