Posts tagged ‘La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino’

Cliffs Wine Picks – June 2017 Vol 1

 

2013 La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino

2013 Taken Wine Co. Taken

2014 Mastro Scheidt Sangiovese

2009 Lewis Cellars Alec’s Blend

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard

2011 Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Red

 

 

 

2013 La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino – $14.91

This was another “steal” from Last Bottle wines, my favorite “flash” wine site.  If you use the provided link and sign up, you get an immediate $10 credit and I get a credit if/when you make a purchase.  Check them out, they have awesome deals and their Marathons are always something special.

 

La Fortuna is one of the oldest wineries in Montalcino.  The Zannoni family has been running the winery of 5 generations, over 100 years.  This wine is 100% Sangiovese from vines between 15 and 25 years old.

 

The wine is ruby red in color.  The very inviting nose has black cherries, dusty minerals, roasted leafy herbs, scorched earth, underbrush, well worn leather, tobacco and dried wildflowers.  This has medium body with soft to moderate tannins and very nice acidity.  On the palate cherries, dusty minerals and roasted herbs jump out quickly on the front end with scorched earth, tobacco and leather coming in later.  The finish has nice length with dried flowers and underbrush entering the picture.  A really nice Rosso di Montalcino.  This one will last in the cellar for at least a couple years.  This wine has 14% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (91 pts)

2013 La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino

2013 La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino

 

 

 

2013 Taken Wine Co. Taken – $24.64

This is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.  The wine spent 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels.

 

This is a deep purple color.  The explosive nose is full of blackberries, dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso beans and plums.  This has medium to full body with soft tannins and decent acidity.  On the palate blackberries, plums and dark chocolate quickly grab your attention with vanilla and espresso beans coming in later.  The finish has nice length and is totally fruit driven.  This is a fairly soft Cab blend that would be nice after dinner or to share with friends over conversation and a platter of appetizers.  I would have liked a bit more structure and backbone.  This has 14.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (88 pts)

2013 Taken Wine Co. Taken

2013 Taken Wine Co. Taken

 

 

 

2014 Mastro Scheidt Sangiovese – $14.71

This was another “steal” from Last Bottle wines, my favorite “flash” wine site.  It looks like the winery’s suggested price for this wine is $42.00 making this a great Last Bottle offer.  If you use the provided link and sign up, you get an immediate $10 credit and I get a credit if/when you make a purchase.  Check them out, they have awesome deals and their Marathons are always something special.

 

This wine was aged 10 months in 30% new American oak and 70% neutral French oak.

 

According to the winery:

2013 was a drought year in all of Sonoma County and California, with warm, consistent sunshine and zero precipitation for nearly the entire growing season.  Yields looked good, similar to 2012 … until August arrived. The consistently dry weather began to stress the vines a bit too much,  specially in the dry farmed vineyards, resulting in lower yields in many vineyards. Meticulous pre-sorting in each and every vineyard was crucial in 2013. We harvested Sangiovese in the Lake Block Vineyard on September 23. Overall, 2013 yielded rich concentration of flavor, color and vineyard source.

 

This is from Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley.  The wine is a bright ruby red color.  The appealing nose has cherries, raspberries, dry underbrush, dusty minerals, dried violets, baking spices and a hint of cedar.  This has medium body with good acidity and soft tannins.  On the palate bright cherries, raspberries and minerals grab hold on the front end with underbrush and baking spices coming in later.  The finish has very good length with a dried floral note and a touch of cedar providing depth.  This is a very tasty, food friendly alternative to a Chianti Riserva for pizza or pasta.  This has 13.9% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (89 pts)

2014 Mastro Scheidt Sangiovese

2014 Mastro Scheidt Sangiovese

 

 

 

2009 Lewis Cellars Alec’s Blend – $37.99

This wine is a blend of 80% Syrah, 17% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.  There were 1000 cases of this wine produced.

 

The wine is a deep, dark, inky purple color.  The big, bold and rich nose is full of crushed blackberries, blueberries, smoke, charred meat, black pepper, dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, cedar, fresh ground coffee and scorched earth.  This has a full body with fairly solid tannins and decent acidity.  On the palate the spicy berries, pepper and meaty elements hit first followed by vanilla, dark chocolate and some earthiness.  The finish is fairly long and is highlighted by dark chocolate, vanilla and berries with spicy cedar also making an appearance.  This is a big and ripe wine made in a take no prisoners style.  This wine has 15.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (92 pts)

2009 Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend

2009 Lewis Cellars Alec’s Blend

 

 

 

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard – $28.00

I have been on the Bedrock mailing list since the inception several years ago.  Bedrock is owned by Morgan Twain-Peterson, son of former Ravenswood owner and Zinfandel visionary, Joel Peterson.

 

Kirschenmann Vineyard is dry-farmed, organically-farmed, and own-rooted in silica rich soils along the Mokolumne River in Lodi.  The vineyard owner is Tegan Passalacqua, who is also responsible for the winemaking and vineyard management at Turley.

 

This is from a vineyard now owned by Tegan Passalacqua (Turley winemaker) and his wife Olivia.  This is an “own rooted” Zinfandel vineyard that was planted in 1915.  The “own rooted” vines had survived because the soil is very sandy which is a natural deterant to pests and diseases they plague vines in other soil conditions.  The wine is a deep ruby color.  The very inviting nose has brambly berries, cherries, warm baking spices, dusty minerals, black peppercorns, dried leafy herbs, licorice and violets.  This has a medium to full body with moderate ripe tannins and nice acidity.  This is rich and voluptuous on the palate with juicy fruit, minerals, black pepper and dusty minerals on the front end with dried herbs and dry earth coming in later.  The spicy finish has nice length.  This is a very easy Zinfandel to sip and enjoy.  The wine has 14.6% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (94 pts)

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard

 

 

 

2011 Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Red – $28.99

This was another “steal” from Last Bottle wines, my favorite “flash” wine site.  The current release of this wine, from the 2013 vintage, carries a suggested price of $70.  Some quick math shows the Last Bottle price was over 50% off.  If you use the provided link and sign up, you get an immediate $10 credit and I get a credit if/when you make a purchase.  Check them out, they have awesome deals and their Marathons are always something special.

 

This is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah, 15% Malbec and 11% Merlot from various vineyards including Hyde, Stagecoach, Hossfeld, Tench and Bennett.  OPC stands for “Ol’ Pa’s Cuvée”

 

The wine is a deep garnet color.  The outgoing and enticing nose has cassis, dusty minerals, cherries, warm baking spices, roasted leafy herbs, scorched earth, fresh ground espresso beans, white pepper, dark chocolate and dried violets.  This has medium body with moderate tannins and very nice acidity.  On the palate cassis, baking spices, cherries and dusty minerals dominate the front end with roasted herbs and espresso beans coming in on the back end.  The long finish adds dark chocolate, white pepper and a dried floral note.  This may be on the young side but it is already stunning.  This has 14.4% alcohol and the bottle sealed with a natural cork.  (94 pts)

2011 Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Red

2011 Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Red

 

 

 

 

I am a big fan of the “Flash Wine Sale” site Last Bottle.  You probably noticed some of the wines in this post were purchased from the site.  All of these wines were purchased at a big discount.  I highly recommend getting on their e-mail list.  Like most of the flash sale sites, they offer one wine per day until it sells out.  They also have a couple two-day marathons during the year.  Last Bottle is a great site to buy special wines at prices low enough to open any day of the week.

 

If you sign up using this link you will get a $10 credit that can be used on your first purchase.  I will also get a credit if you make a purchase.

 

Other than getting a credit as explained above, I have no financial interest in the site.  After you are on the list, you can also get the same credit by introducing friends to Last Bottle.

 

 

 

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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but always check out the sale and close out items when in a store.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

Cheers!

 

Cliffs Wine Picks – September 2016 Vol 4

 

 

2013 La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino

2008 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines

2007 Anthill Farms Cabernet Sauvignon Timber Crest Farms Vineyard

2007 Carlisle Syrah Pelkan Ranch

2013 Domaine Loubejac Pinot Noir

2004 Dupéré Barrera Bandol

 

 

 

2013 La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino – $14.91

Purchased from Last Bottle see info below on joining the site.

 

La Fortuna is one of the oldest wineries in Montalcino.  The Zannoni family has been running the winery of 5 generations, over 100 years.

 

This wine has 14% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

The wine is ruby red in color.  The very inviting nose has black cherries, dusty minerals, roasted leafy herbs, scorched earth, underbrush, well worn leather, tobacco and dried wildflowers.  This has medium body with soft to moderate tannins and very nice acidity.  On the palate cherries, dusty minerals and roasted herbs jump out quickly on the front end with scorched earth, tobacco and leather coming in later.  The finish has nice length with dried flowers and underbrush entering the picture.  A really nice Rosso di Montalcino.  This one will last in the cellar for at least a couple years.  (91 pts)

2013 La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino

2013 La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino

 

 

2008 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines – $33.24

This is a blend of 25 to 30 grape varieties from at least 70 year old vines.  This wine has 14.0% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

The wine is a deep ruby to purple color.  The exotic nose has blackberries, cocoa beans, cherries, tobacco, warm baking spices, vanilla bean, dried flowers and crushed stone minerals.  This has medium body with moderate tannins and nice acidity.  On the palate ripe berries, spice and minerals jump out first with cocoa beans and vanilla coming in later.  The finish has very nice length with dried flowers and tobacco entering the picture.  This is drinking very nicely now and should hold for at least a couple more years.  (92 pts)

2008 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines

2008 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines

 

 

2007 Anthill Farms Cabernet Sauvignon Timber Crest Farms Vineyard – $25.00

Every year the winery produces a “one off” wine.  In 2007, this was the wine that was produced.  This was the only vintage of this wine that was ever produced.  This wine was produced from a clutch of gnarled, diseased vines that surround the winery in the middle of Dry Creek Valley.  As far as they know, these vines are (were?) the oldest existing Cabernet in Dry Creek Valley, planted in 1962. The vines produced only a few clusters per vine, which gives the fruit exceptional concentration.

 

This wine has 14.2% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

The wine is a medium to deep ruby red color.  The outstanding nose has cassis, plums, licorice, dried herbs, spice box, crushed stone minerals, tobacco and dried wild flowers.  This has a medium body, fairly solid tannins and very good acidity.  This is not a big, overly ripe, heavily extracted style of cabernet, this is much more restrained and nuanced.  Nice fruit and spice take center stage on the palate with minerals, spicy oak and dried herbs coming in on the sides.  The finish has good length and also showcases the fruit, spicy oak and dried herbs.  This has outstanding balance and it is very food friendly.  (92 pts)

2007 Anthill Farms Cabernet Sauvignon Timber Crest Farms Vineyard

2007 Anthill Farms Cabernet Sauvignon Timber Crest Farms Vineyard

 

 

2007 Carlisle Syrah Pelkan Ranch – $32.50

The grapes for this wine are from a vineyard on a rocky ridge top (1000′ elevation) in the Knights Valley.  There were only 260 cases produced.

 

The wine is a deep garnet color.  The enticing nose has blackberries, minerals, black pepper, dark chocolate, road tar and dried wildflowers.  This has medium to full body with moderate tannins and nice acidity.  On the palate peppery, berries and minerals quickly jump out with dark chocolate coming in on the back end.  The finish has very nice length with a nice dried floral note entering the picture.  A touch of alcohol shows on the nose and makes another appearance on the finish.  I’d advise drinking before the alcohol takes over.  As is, this is still very tasty.  (91 pts)

2007 Carlisle Syrah Pelkan Ranch

2007 Carlisle Syrah Pelkan Ranch

 

 

2013 Domaine Loubejac Pinot Noir – $15.29

The winery is named for the historical town of Loubejac, in the south of France.  The vineyards are seventy miles south of Portland and forty miles east of the pacific coastline, which produces fruit with a new world style flavor profile through consistent ripening of fruit.

 

The wine is a light to medium ruby red color.  The inviting nose has cherries, earthy underbrush, white pepper, roasted leafy herbs, minerals and dried violets.  This has medium body with soft tannins and nice acidity.  On the palate earthy cherries and white pepper come through on the front end with minerals and roasted herbs coming in later.  The finish has nice length with a dried floral note popping out.  This doesn’t offer much complexity but is still tasty.  (87 pts)

2013 Domaine Loubejac Pinot Noir

2013 Domaine Loubejac Pinot Noir

 

 

2004 Dupéré Barrera Bandol – $24.81

I’ve been a fan of the Mourvedre based wines from France’s Bandol region for quite a while.  To me, these wines fall into the “something different” category.  Like most people, we fall into a bit of a rut having slightly different styles of essentially the same wine, these wines are my “rut busters”.  If you’ve never had a nice Bandol, check one out some time.

 

About the wine

Bandol “Cuvée India” :

  • Blend is almost entirely comprised of Mourvèdre
  • East, south-east, and northern sun exposure
  • Harvested at the beginning of October
  • 90% of harvest is de-stemmed
  • Long fermentations of 4-6 weeks, with punch-downs, regular pump-overs, and gentle, slowmoving pump-overs
  • Wine ages for 36 months (18 months in foudres and 18 months in old, oak fûts from Domaine de la Romanée Conti and Domaine de Beauséjour Bécot
  • Yields range between 25-30 hl/ha
  • Bottled manually by gravity under a waning moon, unfined and unfiltered

 

The wine is a shade lighter than maroon.  The intoxicating nose has crushed berries, stony minerals, warm baking spices, vanilla, melted licorice, earthy underbrush, garrigue and violets.  This has medium body, moderate tannins and good acidity.  The palate has nice focus and outstanding intensity with berries and minerals grabbing hold, slowly allowing the spices and dried herbs to slip through the cracks.  The finish is long and nicely layered with a touch of vanilla and some subtle earthiness adding considerable interest.  This is perfectly balanced and a joy to drink.  An absolutely stunning wine from the under appreciated Bandol region.  (94 pts)

2004 Dupéré Barrera Bandol

2004 Dupéré Barrera Bandol

 

 

last-bottle

 

I am a big fan of the “Flash Wine Sale” site Last Bottle.  One of the wines in this post was purchased from the site, La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino.  This wine was purchased at a big discount.  I highly recommend getting on their e-mail list.  Like most of the flash sale sites, they offer one wine per day until it sells out.  They also have a couple two-day marathons during the year.  Last Bottle is a great site to buy special wines at prices low enough to open any day of the week.

 

If you sign up using this link you will get a $10 credit that can be used on your first purchase.  I will also get a credit if you make a purchase.

 

Other than getting a credit as explained above, I have no financial interest in the site.  After you are on the list, you can also get the same credit by introducing friends to Last Bottle.

 

 

 

Connect with me

You can follow me on Twitter for more wine info, potential food pairings, and an occasional recipe or two.  Be warned, I’m also a sports fan and there are occasional Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates tweets.  I attended the University of South Carolina, so during football season, there will also be some Gamecock posts.

 

If you like this post, consider joining Cliffs Wine Picks Wine Blog on Facebook and giving me a Like.

 

Cheers!

 

 

This is original to CliffsWinePicks.com.  Copyright 2016 Cliff’s Wine Picks.

All rights reserved.

 

 

 

***** Shameless Self Promotion *****

 

Here is a link to a YouTube video of me getting “coal” from Santa for being named the “Nicest Person in Social Media” in 2012.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOvQTeGR3-c

 

 

 

Breaking news from Klout:

Klout

 

 

Cliff’s Wine Picks mentions or other posts

Here are posts, newsletters, blogs or other articles that either mention this site or that I have written:

 

Click here or on the “Cliff’s Wine Picks On Other Sites” link in the top right corner to see links to other sites that either have my reviews, my thoughts or other posts I have written.

 

 

 

Remember to support your local wine store!

 

 

 

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

 

Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but always check out the sale and close out items when in a store.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

Cheers!

 

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