2006 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1076926 94 points Wine Spectator

 Floral and berry aromas lead off, while oak spice lifts the fruit notes on the palate. This is sweet and round, in a modern style, pulling it off nicely due to the impeccable balance. This is all elegance and berry fruit on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2013 through 2025. (BS)  (8/2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a flashy, extroverted wine graced with gorgeous purity in its ripe, succulent red fruit. Floral notes develop in the glass, along with sweet scents from the French oak. Sweet red raspberries linger on the round, caressing finish. This shows gorgeous harmony in a supple, forward style that seems best suited to near and mid-term enjoyment. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. (AG)  (5/2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Italians use the word 'piacione' to describe a wine with irresistible intensity, softness and complexity. This is a piacione, or super-pleasurable wine, in the most positive meaning of the word. It shows loads of depth, personality and endurance. You’ll love the vanilla chocolate and bright cherry finish. *Editors' Choice*  (4/2011)

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2011 | Send Email
A wonderful cross over Brunello with very rich fruit, deep cherry and a touch of oak to make this wine very approachable for drinkers new to Italian wine. It does not however lose its italian sould, earth and spice and the essense of Brunello is still very present here.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2011 | Send Email
Gioberto Zannoni and his son Angelo have hit another one out of the ballpark with this vintage, Gorgeous core of perfumed ripe fruit, plum, cassis and kirsch, some leather and cola mid- pallet and earthiness that meld into bitter coco powder, spices and minerals on the finish. Lushes and flows across your palate, long finish, just Wow! This is a classic 2006 Brunello, needs HOURS to open up or some years of aging.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2011 | Send Email
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La Fortuna’s Brunello is dynamic, its’ bold, luxurious fruit is excitingly balanced by bright cherry freshness. Gioberto and Angelo Zannoni produce a wine that stretches across all palates; elegant, powerful, lush and bright, it is an extraordinarily genuine wine that seems to speak to a more universal concept of wine and flavor, not just simple fruit character real depth from real people. The wine is the best they’ve made since the 1999 vintage it is remarkable and will age for another decade plus without an issue.
Drink from 2011 to 2024

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5