On the Trail

LA FORTUNA

One of the original members of the Brunello consorzio, the La Fortuna estate celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007. The name of the estate comes from the fact that the previous owner won the rights to the property in a poker game—good fortune, indeed. Gioberto Zannoni and his son Angelo run the larger-sized La Fortuna today, making 2500 cases of Brunello a year. Located just outside the city, northeast near Fulgini and across the valley from Siropacenti, they own two vineyard sites—one near Fulgini—and the other in the south near Castelnuovo dell’Abate. They blend the fruit from the two sites together in quantities that change depending on the harvest. The northern site is cooler the southern vineyard much warmer, giving La Fortuna versatility in the blending room. The wines are always fruit forward but have great structure, and they age very well because they have great power. The structure of the north with the fruit of the south makes for a great combination in the bottle.