2004 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1050081 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 La Fortuna's 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is especially beautiful in this vintage. The wine is remarkable for its density, richness and concentration, all of which have been achieved while maintaining clarity and freshness. The French oak is beautifully integrated in this sumptuous, generous Brunello. Suggestions of flowers and spices add notes of brightness on the finish. The Brunello spent a whopping 40 months in 25-hectoliter medium-sized casks prior to being bottled. (AG)  (6/2009)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 La Fortuna shows beautiful balance with pretty mineral nuances that stay delicately in the background of black fruit, wild berries, new leather and licorice. The mouthfeel is bright and filled with lively fruit flavors with firm structure and a long finish.  (6/2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, full red. Lovely lift to the aromas of strawberry, cherry, flowers, spices and red licorice. Juicy, broad and quite dry, with good vinosity giving a light touch to the fairly intense flavors. Still, this fresh wine seems a bit youthfully disjointed today, even spiky, and needs three or four years to harmonize. Finishes with dusty, building tannins. (ST)  (7/2009)

K&L Notes

As much as the Sesta di Sopra is about sauvage, La Fortuna is layers of dense fruit and sweet ripeness. Full of intense plum and dark cherry aromatics and spicy but not wild, plum and chocolate flavors that coat the palate. This wine is superb, with depth and concentration that has a fresh fruit character highlighted by hints of earth, spice and mineral. Super deal at this price! (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer) And 3 Glasses Gambero Rosso!

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2012 | Send Email
We just re-tasted this the other day and boy is it showing well. This is deep, rich and concentrated with loads of round and plush fruit that shows remarkable freshness. Dark plums, cherries, spice and wonderfully integrated oak meld together effortlessly. Decant this tonight or cellar 10 to 15 years.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2010 | Send Email
We tasted this again last week and it is really singing at the moment. The red fruit is beautifully concentrated and, even though it has the stuffing to age, it is sooooooo tasty right now. Just lights up your mouth. Beautiful wine.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2010 | Send Email
A few of these in magnums have gone down in my cellar next to their older siblings (the 2001) and will try to forget that they are there. Gioberto Zannoni and his son Angelo have hit another one out of the ballpark. This is a classic 2004 Brunello, needs couple of hours to open up or some years of aging.

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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.


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.