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Out of the many challenges 2020 has brought to many a threshold, it has also offered an opportunity to adapt in unexpected ways. It is with that in mind that LUXlife launched this year’s Food and Drink Awards, where they spotlight businesses who have capitalized on uncertainty and wielded impressive reputations and expertise to bring about new achievements. New successes. New growth. We are thrilled to share that Fortunati Vineyards earned this top award!

Published quarterly, LUXlife informs readers on all aspects of high end lifestyle, including the finest food and drink, hotels and resorts and health and beauty from around the world.

SUNSET Magazine, the leading media brand of the Western USA lifestyle, is the proud sponsor of the Sunset International Wine Competition. Its judges are some of the most experienced wine professionals in the West, including many Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine. We are ecstatic to share that Fortunati Vineyards wines earned top ranks! 

2017 Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine

Appellation

Designation

Award

2014 Estate Malbec Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District Estate Grown Best of Class,
Gold
2016 Pranzo Rosé of Syrah Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District Estate Grown  Best of Class,
Gold
2014 Fortivo Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley   Gold
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley   Silver
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, Rutherford Morisoli Vineyards Bronze
2015 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills   Bronze
2014 Fortivo Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District Estate Grown  Bronze

 

"Give our Dreams a Chance"
by Gary Luchtel

As a small family owned vineyard that was recently approved to build a small winery on my property, I must speak out as voice of reason.

Dan Berger International Wine Competition is one of the nation's most prestigious and competitive wine competitions. The competition uses blind tasting to determine the results, using principles for tasting inspired by the writings of Professor Maynard Amerine, of UC Davis, in the 1976 work Wines: Their Sensory Evaluation. The entries are grouped based on both grape variety and now (unlike other competitions) provenance. Wines from the same (or similar) appellations are judged against one another, allowing judges to focus on the quality of the wine itself rather than the variations in terroir present in the wine. The judging panel is made up of wine writers, winemakers, merchants and educators. We are so proud and thrilled of the awards we received!

39th Annual International Wine Competition

Wine

Appellation

Designation

Award

2018 Rosé of Syrah Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District Estate Grown Bronze
2017 Chardonnay Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District Single Vineyard Gold
2017 Fortivo Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley   Silver
2017 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Single Vineyard Silver
2017 Estate Viognier Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District Estate Grown Silver
2017 Zinfandel Mount Veeder Single Vineyard Silver
2016 Estate Malbec Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District Estate Grown Silver
2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Winemaker's Reserve Silver
2016 Vinto Estate Syrah Rhone Blend Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District Estate Grown Silver
2015 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District Single Vineyard Silver
2014 Porto Fino Dessert Wine Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District Estate Grown Gold

 

The 2017 Fortunati Viognier ($35) is a distinctively styled wine that relies more on dried flowers (some Viogniers are more fresh-flower related) and has a sensational bone-dry mid-palate that’s quite complex.

Discoveries of the Week:
— 2015 Fortunati Malbec, Oak Knoll: Unlike many of the one-dimensional Malbecs from Argentina, this one has an aroma of blackberries, basil stems (!) and a trace of blueberry, with great tartness in the finish. A simply sensational rendition of a grape that’s rarely this complex.