On the nose, there’s a perfumey Lilac, winter spices, especially cinnamon, and a hint of smokiness.
On the palate, cherry and raspberry mingle with blackberry, and earthy, dusty flavors that are such a welcome component in North American wine.
The tannins are amazing, dancing on the front of your tongue, powerful without being overbearing. There’s a dryness that is so rustic and old world that one can’t help but think of the rolling hills and olive tree gardens (had to be careful there to add the ‘tree’).
With old world style, Fortissimo and food go hand in hand. After tasting solo, we paired with beef off the grill, and the results were mouthwatering to say the least. Classic red meat dishes pair well. The next time you’re thinking of Chianti in Canada, why not think closer to home, Fortissimo.