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

Retail Price: $40

Value Rating: 3.3

Wine Factor: 1.5
Date Posted: February 13, 2018
Cases Produced: 200

Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 89

Very Good Value


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.


DDWA Membership Special:

15% off all Fortunati wines recommended on Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor (while their supplies last).

Contact Dan 
direct with your order request.
I will connect you with the winery and they will sell and get you the wine.
Fortunati offer is good through May 2018.

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