FORTUNATI Syrah, Napa Valley 2015
“Vinto Estate” Oak Knoll District
Napa Valley 2015

FORTUNATI Syrah, Napa Valley 2015

“Vinto Estate” Oak Knoll District
Napa Valley 2015
Fortunati Syrah 2015
Retail Price: $40
DDWA Score: 89
Value Rating: 3.3
Very Good Value
Wine Factor: 1.5
Date Posted: February 21, 2018
Cases Produced: 200
Where to Buy:
Fortunati Vineyards

A powerhouse, the 2015 Fortunati Syrah shows off dark black berry fruits, cocoa powder, black licorice, lavender, roast red peppers and allspice. A beast of a wine, its concentrated flavors are supported by youthful tannins that will soften quickly (1-2 years). I look forward to trying this wine again in 2019. As for now, I suggest either decanting it for 2 hours before drinking, or drink it over the course of 2-3 days. It will drink like a champ on Day 3! 5% Viognier, co-ferment with the Syrah. Winemakers tell me adding white grapes not only ups the aromatics, it also results in a darker, stronger red wine. This Syrah supports that philosopy.

About Fortunati

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.


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