2009 Fortunata Sangiovese
California: Mount Veeder (Napa)
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.
What the Winery Says
Fortunata means, “women with good luck”, or “lucky lady”.
Sangiovese means, “the blood of jove”.
Well endowed integrated balanced and focused a true expression of a special place on earth good to go now but further cellaring will reward. Sensual. Ethereal. Elixir.
Deep garnet redolent in dried cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, orange zest and garrique.
Varietal Composition: 70% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Clone: Brunello di Montalcino
Vineyards: Vines over 30 years old. Dense planting. Cane pruned. Meticulous farming.
Aging: Cuvaison 15 days. 2 years in oak, un-fined and unfiltered.
About the Winery
Random Ridge produces fine wines from vineyards pioneered by the Hawley family in the Mayacamas mountains of Napa County, California. We produce wines in very limited quantities from vines meticulously maintained to reflect the essence of the soils in which they grow. We are farmers first but will surf anytime anywhere. Our dedication in the vineyards naturally segues into traditional winemaking practices in the cellar. We strive to enable the fruit to develop its inherent Buddha nature to become wine of complexity harmony & passion.
The vineyard’s intense fruit yields a limited production of exceptional wines that are spicy, extracted, and rich. As Bill Hawley says, they are “wines with alti-dude.”
Winemaker/poet/surfer Bill Hawley
Bill began to pioneer Random Ridge in 1980. At the end of a remote fire road at 2400 feet on California’s stunning Mount Veeder, he built a house for his young family with recycled lumber. The next year he cleared and planted a 10-acre vineyard right on the Napa-Sonoma County ridgeline. Today from the home and vineyard the views of Mount Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay still dazzle the southern horizon and the sun sets over Sonoma Mountain.
From 1982 to 1988, Bill was employed at Carmenet Vineyard as vineyard manager, mentored by the late great Dick Graff. “…as part of my continuing education, Dick arranged for me to travel to Burgundy and Bordeaux for a month in 1986, visiting cutting-edge producers that shaped my wine aesthetic. Then in 1988 Susan and I traveled to New Zealand and I attended the Cool Climate Viticulture Conference, another mind-blowing trip.”
Bill credits his Chalone experience with introducing him to many winemakers that remain great friends.