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

 

"Give Our Dreams A Chance"

by Gary A. Luchtel
February 18, 2019

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.

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.