Get concentrated ripe berry fruit flavor that reminds me of hard blackberry candies. Suggestions of blueberry sauce and roast coffee beans. Ample, classic Syrah spices like cracked black pepper, anise and sassafras. Healthy acidity elevates all the flavors going on. Juicy start to finish, fine and firm tannins. Lots going on this strong wine. Syrah is famous in Napa for being a hard wine to sell. “All it takes is for guests to taste it here, then they buy it almost every time,” says Gary Luchtel. From Fortunati’s “Home Vineyard” in North Napa. 5% Viognier co-ferment. Aged in 30% new French oak.
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.