The 2015 FORTIS shows a classic Bordeaux nose with pencil lead, dark fruit
aromas, plum, and earth. Elegant with rich fruit intensity expressing dark cherries, concentrated
blackberry jam, mocha, espresso, and vanilla. An expansive palate leads to a long, ripe, polished
finish. We barrel age the wine in our winery’s caves to mature flavors and integrate plush, layered
textures. This is a seamless wine with great finesse that will continue to age gracefully.
The grapes were hand harvested at night, carefully sorted in the vineyard, and
brought to the cellar and destemmed. The grapes received a cold soak, followed by fermentation
at a high temperature to ensure maximum extraction was achieved. Then, the wine was racked to
100 percent new French Seguin Moreau Icône oak barrels, where it was aged for 27 months prior to
For this special bottling, only the finest blocks of the most outstanding fruit are
selected from our 47 acres of estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District. Each year there are a few
blocks that stand out as stellar among the others. These blocks are designated for FORTIS.
Food Pairing Notes
To fully appreciate the complexity of this wine, serve it with simple foods such as a juicy
sirloin steak with garlic butter, or braised short ribs with herbed polenta. The ultimate pairing is a
glass of 2015 FORTIS with a cheese course. It needs a hard cheese of heightened flavor and depth,
such as an aged Pecorino Toscano. Robust and meaty, with hints of melted butter and lemon, a
well-made Tuscan pecorino is the cheese equivalent of a grilled lamb chop. What better wine with
such a savory cheese than this sumptuous tête de cuvée?