2009 La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino

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90 points Wine Spectator: "Juicy and appealing for its black cherry, raspberry, licorice and sweet spice flavors, this red is buoyed by its bright acidity. Long, rich finish. Drink now through 2013. 1,100 cases made." (09/11)

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/31/2012  | Send Email
Lovely acidity balances out the bright black cherry, cocoa, and spice notes. Silky soft on the palate throughout, this is one easy drinking yet complex wine at a midweek wine price.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/23/2011  | Send Email
A classic Sangiovese that really shows off the strength of this 2009 vintage in Montalcino. Soft, richly textured, with a grippy finish, this is a "baby Brunello" that you can drink today. Aged partly in traditional 25hl barrels and partly in small French barriques, the well-integrated oak adds spice notes that blend seamlessly with the lovely dark, morello cherry fruit. Is there no end to the pleasures this 2009 vintage has to offer?

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/19/2011  | Send Email
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A great wine to drink now or to keep for a couple of years. Initially, it has dark cherry and bright raspberry notes with cedar spice and anise in the background. A great example of Rosso di Montalcino that is food-friendly and affordable enough for daily drinking. It even received 90 points from the Wine Spectator!
Top Value!

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2011  | Send Email
Spices, flowers, and chocolate covered cherries! Just a delicious Italian red wine to indulge with a plate of pasta.

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/29/2011  | Send Email
Such vibrancy and life in this wine. Coming from the fantastic 09 vintage, the depth and character in this wine are just icredible. Sweet red fruit, vibrant acidity and flawless structure, drink now and tuck a case away to enjoy over the next few years.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/29/2011  | Send Email
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A star among the 2009 Montalcino Rosso contenders. This wine has a brightness and freshness that makes it instantly approachable and appealing. There is a vibrancy on the nose and palate that set this wine apart from others lined up in a recent tasting. If you can’t wait for the 2009 Brunellos this wine will most definitely hold that craving off for a good while. Concentrated red fruits and sweet spice with a balance that belies it’s 15% abv. Enjoy now or hold until it’s big brother comes along!

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/9/2011  | Send Email
The nose is classic ripe cherries and strawberries and a hint of coco powder. On the palate of this full-bodied wine, you will find the fruit describe above with a touch of minerals and soft tannins, which gives this wine a very lush feel to the palate and has an incredible long finish. Turn down the heat in your house; this will keep you warm on chilly November evening!

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/28/2011  | Send Email
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The 2009 is such an exceptional vintage in Europe, and in particular, Tuscany, one needs to ask the question, “ How does an owner/winemaker decide what to declassify in such a great vintage.” In the southern location of Tuscany, in Montalcino, it is probably a matter of economics. Brunello has to be held back for five years (two in barrigue and three in bottle, before it can be sold). Declassifying some it to “Rosso,” allows you to release it in two years. Cash flow! So, you have a great vintage as 2009 was, and the Rosso di Monalcinos are absolutely wonderful… Baby Brunellos, as Greg St. Clair, our Italian Wine Buyer, likes to call them. The 2009 La Fortuna is an “absolutely” wonderful, amazing Gem, with a deep color base, expansive, opulent smells of cassis, currants, anise, red berry, black cherry and cloves. Rich, broad, complex, deeply flavored, layered, and just wonderful to behold, this powerful, full-bodied wine drinks wonderfully now with several hours of airing, but will age for at least another five-plus years. Give this to a wine collector friend for a holiday gift and tell him to age it for a few years. We plan to consume it now and age it accordingly, according to Anderson. Believe or not, 15.0% ABV (and it is so rich, you can’t tell!)
Drink from 2011 to 2017

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/26/2011  | Send Email
Red fruits, spice and a touch of earth. The palate has a touch of richness and just enough acidity to make it pop. Could be the best Rosso I have had from this estate.

 By: Paul Burt |  Review Date: 3/4/2013 
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Dark magenta in the glass. Black berry, black cherry, raspberry, mocha and spice with a light vanilla and swirling citrus aromas lead to a medium bodied, fleshy palate. The fruit follows and provides a sweet tannic backdrop with additional anise, oak and herbal notes. Juicy acidity leads a good lingering aftertaste. Well done for the style. With proper cellaring this will go until 2015. Drink now - Paul
Drink from 2013 to 2015

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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. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14