2009 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino
La Fortuna's 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is already quite forward. Dried cherries, crushed flowers, mint, tobacco and licorice meld together in a forward, mature Brunello to drink over the next 2-3 years.
Fragrances of mature black fruit, violet, espresso and baking spices take the lead. The palate delivers ripe red berries, black cherry, vanilla and mocha backed up by assertive but somewhat drying tannins. It’s evolving fast so drink over the next few years.
Angelo Zannoni is the fifth generation of winemakers at La Fortuna; the winery celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2007, and has been working with his father Gioberto since he joined the winery more than a decade ago but is now running the show. La Fortuna's estate is situated just a few kilometers east of the town of Montalcino abuts the prestigious Fuligni estate and a close to Siro Pacenti. In the 1990's Angelo's father Gioberto purchased a vineyard on the south face of Montalcino just south of the village of Castelnuovo dell'Abate near the famed producers Ciacci Piccolomini and Uccelliera. That vineyard is now blended with the estate vineyard balancing the core of structure from the home vineyard with the sun blessed ripeness from their southern vineyard. La Fortuna's wines display a consistent concentration of fresh, energetic fruit coupled with layers of a denser fruit and sweet ripeness that is full of intense dark cherry aromatics. (Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian Buyer)