2009 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino (Previously $40)
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 ... (AG)
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.
La Fortuna celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2007, and Angelo Zannoni is the fifth generation of winemakers at the estate. He 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, abutting the prestigious Fuligni estate and is close to Siro Pacenti. In the 1990s, 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.