La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino 2004

Background
Five generations – almost a hundred years in this land. The Zannoni’s arrived at “La Fortuna” back in 1907. Angiolino and Quirina got married and started working in the farm armed with courage and determination and a true entrepreneurial spirit. Wine production was small, but it was red and good. In 1950, Angiolino and Quirina hand over the management of the farm to their son, and daughter-in-law, Iva. It was the brainchild of Gino and Iva Zannoni, independent farmers since 1965, the year they purchased the farmstead.

Tasting Notes
Of grand visual impact via its extreme concentration of ruby red, noted fruity scents of cherry and blackberries with elegant traits of balsamic and spices. The flavour reflects the growth area which the power, the strength of this wine is equilibrated by the tannic acid that will assist the remarkable progress and development of this wine

Reviews
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. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.” (06/09) 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.” (06/09) According to Wine Spectator: “Rose and cherry aromas follow through to a medium body, with firm tannins and fresh acidity…” (07/09) 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.

Tasting Date: January 2012
Vintage: 2004
Varietal: Sagiovese
Country: Italy
Retail Price on Tasting Date: $44.95

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1 comment
  1. Paul Mayerowitz said:

    We simply enjoyed this bottle and it was even better as the night continued.

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