2012 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino SKU #1285592


JS 93 VN 92 WS 92
DC 90
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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Real, authentic Brunello at a steal of a price. This bottling of La Fortuna delivers plenty of what Brunello drinkers know and love - deep, brooding, dusty red fruit; scorched earth, worn leather, dried herbs. Medium - full bodied, drinking well now but has the stuffing to age for another decade. Great value.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    It's not often that I say this is my favortie "Drink Now Brunello" but the generosity of the Fortuna is such that, it is nigh irresistible. Full of perfumed and sexy red fruit, the openness of the vintage shines through but the acid and structure says, "I will drink great for a decade or more." Perfect pairing for some braised lamb shanks or a porcini risotto.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an textbook example of the classic 2012 vintage. It's supremely drinkable now, but has the stuffing to last for a decade or three in the cellar. It's elegant yet rich and full of dark wild cherries and a savory herb garden of delight. The acidity is spot on and provides tremendous length and focus to the wine. There is a good reason this property is a perennial staff favorite.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    If you're craving a Brunello di Montalcino on a Thursday night but don't have access to your vast private wine locker, stop by your local, friendly K&L wine shop for a few bottles of this majestic red. Long barrel aging and warm vintage conspire to produce a wine of generous proportion that has all the telltale notes of Brunello without requiring long term aging. Pour the wine into a decanter, wait 30 minutes, serve your dinner, drink up. Red and black cherry along with a brambly note inspired by the rugged Montalcino hillsides make this an easy-to-like style ready to drink now.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    While you may have to hold most current release Brunellos for a few more years, this one is drinking particularly well right now. Fresh, lively acidity provides a nice counterpoint to riper fruit, with a little savory note thrown in for balance. The classic Brunello structure is there, but is soft, not overpowering, and the juiciness of the fruit brights life and punch.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    The La Fortuna style is on full display here: nicely expressed red fruits, some savory/sweet earth, and well integrated tannins. In the 2012 vintage, these elements are all well balanced. Whether you are looking for a tasty, well priced Brunello, or you are looking to dip your feet into this DOCG for the first time, La Fortuna is a solid choice.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    This vintage is really good, especially if you’re looking to drink something now! La Fortuna blends grapes from their vineyards on Montalcino’s southern slope with their estate fruit on the east side of Montalcino next to Fuligni. The nose is full of wild cherry, then shows hints of Tuscan brush and wild herbs. On the palate the wine is supple and soft, yet focused, showing great balance and length. Drinkable now!


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