2017 CARTER FORTUNA VINEYARD OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

$105.00

When Mark Carter stopped by to show us his 2017’s, they were everything that you would expect (and more) from a Cult producer. Across the board, the wines had breathtaking elegance, escalating power, and surreal-level balance. These are absolutely some of the most significant examples of the 2017 vintage, and they’re a joy to behold. The 2017 Oakville Fortuna Vineyard was a stand-out, and it arose from a site that Turnbull put on the map when their 2010 earned a perfect 100 Point score.

Carter Winery is the concomitant of Mark Carter’s historic Carter House hotel and his Grand Award-winning wine list, and it was at a wine dinner at the hotel where he met Nils Venge, who later became his inaugural winemaker. Powerhouse winemaker Mike Smith now makes Carter wines, and the quality has not skipped a beat.

The Fortuna Vineyard rests at the base of the Vaca Mountains, and flanks icons Plumpjack and Groth. The site has ancient red volcanic soils and alluvial cobblestone, which permeate hedonistic qualities into this remarkable expression of Oakville Cabernet. If you enjoy some of the best wines that Napa Valley has to offer, you absolutely won’t want to miss this release.

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2017 CARTER FORTUNA VINEYARD OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

94 POINTS | JEB DUNNUCK:
Jeb Dunnuck Notes, “The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna Vineyard comes from a mix of clone 337 and clone 4 of Cabernet Sauvignon and was brought up all in barrel. It has a gravelly, earthy minerality as well as medium to full body, a focused, tight vibe on the palate, and classy notes of plums, spice, and graphite. It’s a beautiful wine, and as Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon goes, a smoking value! Drink it any time over the coming 10-15 years.” JEB DUNNUCK 94 POINTS

93 POINTS | VINOUS:
Antonio Galloni Notes, “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.”  VINOUS 93 POINTS

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