2014 La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino SKU #1275042


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Tasting Notes

Rosso di Montalcino too often sits in the shadow of its much bigger brother, Brunello. But some estates put nearly the care and expense into their Rosso as their big guns, and La Fortuna is clearly an example of this sort of winemaking. Intense in terms of fruit, but showing off admirable acidity, this is spicy, full bodied, dry and rich with a softness hiding amid all that tannic structure. A wine to drink while your Brunello ages, yes, but a quality wine nonetheless. From vines 15-25 years of age, aged for one year in barrique, 6 months of this in French oak.

Staff Reviews

  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    In 2014 La Fortuna decided not to make Brunello, so all of those grapes went into their Rosso, an extraordinary financial sacrifice—but it puts their Rosso in a different class. This is another wine from Montalcino’s south slope and it’s full of ripe Sangiovese fruit, from vines 25–35 years of age, and aged for one year, six months of which were in French oak barrique. The texture is lush: plum and chocolate flavors coat the palate, yet the inherent structure of this wine gives it terrific depth, concentration and scintillating aromas. Drink it now and it will give you a thrilling drinking experience, and it will age well for the next 3–5 years. Try it now with your meat-sauced pasta, yet it will go equally well with roasted chicken or grilled meats, or just as a glass on its own!
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    This Rosso reveals a gorgeous core of perfumed ripe fruit, plum, cassis and kirsch, some leather and cola mid-palate and earthiness that meld into bitter cocoa powder, spices and minerals on the finish. Lush, ripe and flows across your palate. Wow, that’s a lot of wine for under twenty bucks!


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