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With over three decades of journalist and wine critic experience, James Suckling has authored thousands of tasting notes and developed numerous videos, blogs and organized many events featuring great wines of the world. He and his team taste and rate thousands of wines each year using a 100-point rating scale. James says, “Wines rated 90 points or more are considered outstanding (A). It’s a wine I want to drink a glass of and is an outstanding purchase.” We are thrilled to share ratings and reviews of Fortunati Vineyards wines that Mr. Suckling considers an outstanding purchase!

James Suckling scores for Fortunati 91 92 and 93 points

 

Bottle shot for 2017 Fortunati Malbec with 93 point score



Fortunati Malbec Napa Valley Oak Knoll District 2017

A full-bodied red with pretty aromas of fresh violets, blue plums, cherry jam and vanilla. Chocolate, too. Smooth tannins give structure to this rich, fruity red. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle shot of 2018 Chardonnay with 93 point score


Fortunati Chardonnay Napa Valley Oak Knoll District 2018

This has a ripe nose of peach, mango, cream and croissant with some butterscotch notes. It’s full-bodied and buttery with crisp acidity. Concentrated and intense with lingering tropical-fruit and vanilla notes. Drink now.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of 2016 Fortunati with 93 point score



Fortunati Napa Valley Oak Knoll District Fortivo 2016

A tightly wound red with aromas and flavors of currants, blackberries and chocolate. Medium to full body. Creamy. Round tannins. A reserved and focused finish. Cabernet sauvignon, malbec and cabernet franc. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of 2017 Fortunati Chardonnay with 93pt score


Fortunati Chardonnay Napa Valley Oak Knoll District 2017

Candied-pineapple and orange-curd character with hints of toasted oak. Noticeable minerality. Full-bodied, yet crisp and citrusy on the palate. Really fresh and attractive. Consistently outstanding. Drink now.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of 2016 Fortunati Chardonnay with 93pt score


Fortunati Chardonnay Napa Valley Oak Knoll District 2016

Dried pineapple, apple curd, citrus rind, butter and spices. The palate has real density but also form, thanks to really crunchy acidity and beautiful, fresh stone fruit. Finishes long. With a tad less wood, this could have scored even more highly. Drink now.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of 2014 Fortunati Chardonnay with 93pt score


Fortunati Chardonnay Napa Valley Oak Knoll District 2014

Exotic aromas of mango, apple, lemon and honey. Full body and lots of fruit. Mineral undertone. Finishes fresh and energetic. Drink now.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of 2016 Fortunati Cabernet Sauvignon with 92pt score



Fortunati Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

Beautiful, deep and rich aromas and flavors of blackberries and chocolate. Medium to full body. Round tannins. Flavorful finish. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of Fortunati Morisoli Cabernet Sauvignon with 92pt score



Fortunati Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Morisoli Vineyards 2014

Aromas of blackcurrants and blueberries with hints of stones. Full body, loads of chocolate and quite some fruit. Flashy style. Give it three to four years to soften.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of Fortunati wine with 92pt score


Fortunati Malbec Napa Valley Oak Knoll District 2017

A nice mix of black and blue fruit on the nose with a touch of spiciness and some bell peppers. This wine has a meaty and juicy tannin structure. Medium-to full-bodied with great balance. Soft and smooth on the finish. Well done. Drink now.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of Fortunati wine with 92pt score


Fortunati Napa Valley Oak Knoll District Vinto 2016

Some blackberries and cherries, as well as chocolate and black pepper. Medium-bodied with vibrant acidity and subtle tannins. Playful and easy-drinking. Syrah, co-fermented with viognier. Drink now.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of Fortunati wine with 92pt score


Fortunati Napa Valley Oak Knoll District Vinto 2015

Blackberry bush, stems, white chocolate, dust, ferns and cedar. Medium to full body, fresh acidity and a taut finish. Nice tension here. A blend of syrah and viognier.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of Fortunati wine with 92pt score


Fortunati Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2017

A pretty young pinot with aromas and flavors of dried strawberry, cherry and orange peel. Medium-bodied, bright and delicious. Will improve with age. Drink in 2020.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of Fortunati wine with 92pt score

Fortunati Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2016

A pretty pinot that shows aromatic raspberry compote and citrus. On the palate, it shows some really good density, in addition to the tangy berries and acidity. The firm tannins help to round things off. Makes you want to drink more! Drink now.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of Fortunati wine with 91pt score



Fortunati Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017

A big, juicy red with lots of ripe fruit and round tannins. Full-bodied and round with a flavorful finish. A little obvious, but typical for this genre of Napa red. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of Fortunati wine with 91pt score



Fortunati Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014

Ripe berry and plum character with hints of peat and mushrooms. Full-bodied, chewy and flavorful. A little diffuse on the mid-palate but very pretty. Drink in 2019.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of Fortunati wine with 91pt score



Fortunati Napa Valley Fortivo 2013

Aromas of blueberries and flowers follow through to a medium to full body, round and velvety tannins and a savory finish. Very approachable now. Bordeaux-style blend. Why wait?

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of Fortunati wine with 90pt score



Fortunati Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015

A full and rich red with aromas of dried fruits and hints of sultanas. Juicy finish. High toned red. Drink now.

- James Suckling

 

Bottle of Fortunati wine with 90pt score


Fortunati Malbec Napa Valley Oak Knoll District 2015

A malbec with blueberries, crushed stones, violets and minerals. Very floral. Full-bodied with fresh acidity, some lovely tension and a fruity finish. Drink now or hold.

- James Suckling