90 Points - California State Fair, 2012
Best of Class - California State Fair, 2011
Voted Best Micro Winery! - California State Fair, 2009
Our old friends at Muscardini Cellars are at it again, back with another outstanding red blend that defies convention to deliver outstanding quality in an unexpected way. Their last offering was a blend based on the Italian Sangiovese, whereas this week we are offering their 2008 Fortuna, a blended red wine from Sonoma Valley based on 55% Syrah, with the rest made up of
Bordeaux varieties (30% Cab, 10% Merlot, 2.5% Cab Franc, and 2.5% Petit Verdot). The result is a powerful wine with balance, perfect for the cool fall nights ahead.
Muscardini’s 2008 Fortuna is deep, dark garnet in color, with a stunning nose loaded with dark blueberry and blackberry aromas, accompanied by pepper, vanilla, clove, and anise. The palate is rich and spicy, with plum, black cherry, dark berry, and cinnamon. The finish shows firm tannin, suggesting a long life in the cellar ahead of it, and bold berry flavors linger on the palate. This is a wine sure to please fans of full-bodied red wines, but with balance and elegance to pair gracefully with food. At an incredible 40% off, this is a steal for any special dinner that demands a wine fit for the occasion.
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Harvested: October 2008
Winemaker: Michael Muscardini
Blend: 55% Syrah, 30% Cab, 10% Merlot, 2.5% Cab Franc, and 2.5% Petit Verdot
Bottled: November, 2010
Cases Produced: 550
Muscardini Cellars graces Sonoma Valley’s (Valley of the Moon) Monte Terra with its estate grape vines, family home and barrel room. You are welcome to visit us in their Kenwood tasting room.
History of Muscardini Cellars
1892, when Michael Muscardini's grandfather, Emilio Alchera, was born in the village of Calliano, just outside of the city of Asti in the Piemonte region. Emilio came to America in 1909 via Ellis Island in New York. After heading to the West Coast by train to meet his two brothers, Antonio and Louis, he settled in San Francisco. Emilio began his living in California by helping to dig the Caldecott Tunnel, which connects the East Bay to Contra Costa County. After saving his money, he began to buy and run corner grocery stores where he sold fine bulk wines, and in his spare time made a red table wine for the family. His business would eventually become the "St. Helena Napa Valley Wine Company."
Learn more at www.muscardinicellars.com.