2012 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1285592 93 points James Suckling

 Ripe and and dense red with meat and berry character. Some cedar and chocolate undertones. Full body, velvety tannins and a savory finish. Drink in 2019.  (12/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Vivid red. Perfumed aromas of violet, rose and red cherry on the bright nose. Then dense suave and juicy, with enticing red cherry and spicy flavors that linger nicely on the vibrant finish. Lovely balance and sneaky concentration here. (ID)  (3/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A dense, lush red, this delivers cherry, leather and spice flavors, with accents of earth and tar. Stays solid and long on the finish, the spice and earth elements echoing. Best from 2020 through 2033. (BS)  (6/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The La Fortuna 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is an evolved and savory Tuscan red with a slightly gritty and rustic personality. The wine shows true grit and charisma, thanks to a non-conventional approach and philosophy. The fruit is presented as candied cherry and black currant with tar, licorice and cola at the back. This Brunello is aged in large Slavonian oak for a long 40-month period and that slow oxidative process accounts for some of the evolved notes you get today. The warm vintage has also contributed to those mature fruit flavors. Tobacco and spice give the wine a greater sense of dimension. (ML)  (2/2017)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2018 | Send Email
Real, authentic Brunello at a steal of a price. This bottling of La Fortuna delivers plenty of what Brunello drinkers know and love - deep, brooding, dusty red fruit; scorched earth, worn leather, dried herbs. Medium - full bodied, drinking well now but has the stuffing to age for another decade. Great value.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2018 | Send Email
It's not often that I say this is my favortie "Drink Now Brunello" but the generosity of the Fortuna is such that, it is nigh irresistible. Full of perfumed and sexy red fruit, the openness of the vintage shines through but the acid and structure says, "I will drink great for a decade or more." Perfect pairing for some braised lamb shanks or a porcini risotto.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2018 | Send Email
This is an textbook example of the classic 2012 vintage. It's supremely drinkable now, but has the stuffing to last for a decade or three in the cellar. It's elegant yet rich and full of dark wild cherries and a savory herb garden of delight. The acidity is spot on and provides tremendous length and focus to the wine. There is a good reason this property is a perennial staff favorite.

Staff Image By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2018 | Send Email
If you're craving a Brunello di Montalcino on a Thursday night but don't have access to your vast private wine locker, stop by your local, friendly K&L wine shop for a few bottles of this majestic red. Long barrel aging and warm vintage conspire to produce a wine of generous proportion that has all the telltale notes of Brunello without requiring long term aging. Pour the wine into a decanter, wait 30 minutes, serve your dinner, drink up. Red and black cherry along with a brambly note inspired by the rugged Montalcino hillsides make this an easy-to-like style ready to drink now.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2018 | Send Email
While you may have to hold most current release Brunellos for a few more years, this one is drinking particularly well right now. Fresh, lively acidity provides a nice counterpoint to riper fruit, with a little savory note thrown in for balance. The classic Brunello structure is there, but is soft, not overpowering, and the juiciness of the fruit brights life and punch.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2018 | Send Email
The La Fortuna style is on full display here: nicely expressed red fruits, some savory/sweet earth, and well integrated tannins. In the 2012 vintage, these elements are all well balanced. Whether you are looking for a tasty, well priced Brunello, or you are looking to dip your feet into this DOCG for the first time, La Fortuna is a solid choice.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2018 | Send Email
This vintage is really good, especially if you’re looking to drink something now! La Fortuna blends grapes from their vineyards on Montalcino’s southern slope with their estate fruit on the east side of Montalcino next to Fuligni. The nose is full of wild cherry, then shows hints of Tuscan brush and wild herbs. On the palate the wine is supple and soft, yet focused, showing great balance and length. Drinkable now!

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Sangiovese

- 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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

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.