2009 Fortunata Sangiovese
California: Napa Valley: Mt. Veeder
Fortune Flavors the Fruit
We have have the great honor to feature random ridge wines these last 5+ years. Each wine seems to impress us more than the last and today’s is no exception. Where we have grown accustomed to Bill Hawley’s wonderful Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet blends, today’s wine is a lovely departure.
Today’s 2009 Fortunata is a delicious Sangiovese blend, made from Bill’s extraordinary fruit - in a style that is, at once, ‘Old World’ and ‘New World’. That is to say that this wine possesses the brightness and earthiness of a true Italian Sangiovese, with the ripeness of a born in California wine.
Because the wine has a lovely, bright acidity, it is the perfect companion for a delicious Italian meal. We recommend that you pair this wine with the cheesy lasagna or a spaghetti Bolognese.
Highly recommended, we encourage you to take today’s wine home with you. Share it with friends, family and loved ones, and enjoy great fortune as you imbibe this delicious treat.
Dark and foreboding, deep burgundy with dark coloration from core to edge. After swirling the wine, tall, skinny legs take a long time to emerge before streaking down the glass.
Bold black cherry, plum and spiced blackberry candy rush from the glass to greet you on the nose. Inhale the wine deeply and additional aromas of sweetwood, sweet spice, hard dried leather, dried cranberry and subtle conifer needles.
Braised plum, blackberry candy, wild strawberry and dusty bramble take lead. These are closely followed by dried cranberries, subtle sweet tobacco leaf, drive fall leaves, pencil shavings (graphite and cedar) and dried earth.
Dark fruit, spice and earthen elements all take a long time to fade in equal proportion. At the very end a soft dryness is accompanied by the flavor of subtle sweet spice and graphite.