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CARTER CELLARS CABERNET SAUVIGNON FORTUNA VINEYARD OAKVILLE NAPA VALLEY 2017
NVWE Notes: At release, Fortuna can seem the most genteel of Carter’s offerings and does so here. The nose is a notably elegant, youthfully reserved mix of red currant, dark cherry, cedar, licorice root, star anise, baking-spice and vanilla scents. Things are more evolved on the palate, where long-lingering flavors of sour red cherry, red currant, dried raspberry and blood orange zest create a gently piquant contrast to sweet-savory notes of vanilla, baking-spice, toasted hazelnut meringue and dried sage. Though a few years from its peak, it’s polished dinner wine, which could deftly grace tenderloin with Madiera, Cognac and Demi Glace.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna Vineyard is a gorgeous, racy wine loaded with dark red/purplish fruit, lifted floral notes and expressive, sweet spice from the oak. The Fortuna stands out in this range for its mid-weight structure, sensual personality and bright floral notes. Like all of these wines, the Fortuna is rich, supple and textured, but it is not quite as big as some of the other wines in the range. Once again, the Fortuna is a real winner among Carter's offerings. Drink 2020 - 2037 Antonio Galloni Jan 2020
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna Vineyard rocks up with open-knit blackcurrants, blackberry preserves and black raspberries scents plus hints of dried sage, unsmoked cigars, charcuterie and tilled soil. It is medium to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and loads of freshness on the subdued palate and some chew on the finish. Drink Date 2020 - 2033. Issue 245 End of October 2019