Classic fleshy, rich, creamy Chardonnay that’s also loaded with orchard and tropical fruits. Smell and taste apple butter, pineapple cake, caramel, buttered toast and apple pie crust. Citrus flavors lurk in the back, adding another subtle yet unmistakable layer. Creamy texture, sweet sensations and a jolly plumpness. This is a big-time crowd-pleaser offered at very fair price for high-quality Napa Valley Chardonnay. The fruit for the Fortunati Chardonnay 2018 comes from an Oak Knoll Vineyard just over a mile from Fortunati’s Estate vineyard and hospitality center. 95% malolactic, 20% new French oak aged, periodic lees stirring.
Gary and Ellen Luchtel planted Fortunati Vineyards in the early 2000s and launched the brand a few years later. Most of their wines are estate fruit from their 10+ acres in the Oak Knoll District (everything except Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel). Gary is a self-taught winemaker, graduating from home-winemaking when he started Surh-Luchtel Cellars in the 1990s. Fortunati is 100% Direct to Consumer. If you visit and taste with Gary and/or Ellen, you will undoubtedly walk away with a case or two of their small production wines. Check out all the Fortunati Wines we recommend here.
The name Fortunati is derived from a combination of Ellen’s Italian heritage and Gary’s nick name, Lucky.