Come for a Taste of Fortitude
Located off Highway 29 in Rutherford, Provenance Vineyards announces their new wine release, Fortitude 2013, to wine enthusiasts around the globe. Fortitude is no ordinary wine, and represents the same bold qualities that its name suggests: strength, courage and resilience, while the wine itself is rich, complex and layered. During your travels through the Napa Valley, this is simply one “Big Napa Cab” you don’t want to miss.
Provenance Vineyards goes straight to the source for the highest quality fruit in the Napa Valley. Fortitude is comprised of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, blended from a selection of Provenance Vineyard’s best Cabernet wine barrels. The grapes were sourced from Provenance’s finest vineyards located in Rutherford, Diamond Mountain, Howell Mountain, Calistoga, St. Helena and Oakville.
Fortitude was born out of a distinct sense of place and terroir. Over the past 150 million years, the Napa Valley was formed by tectonic plate movement and volcanic activity—extreme geological activity that created soil diversity unparalleled by any other wine region in the world. This diversity allows for remarkably complex and outstanding wines to be crafted. In honor of the resilient formation of the Napa Valley, Fortitude is a blend from the finest vineyards throughout Napa, adding another layer of rich complexity to the wine.
Fortitude Wine Tasting Notes
The 2013 Fortitude unfolds slowly, demonstrating its power and finesse in the highly extracted aromas and flavors. There is substantial structure which supports an expansive palate saturated with blackberry liqueur, dried black cherry, dark chocolate, sweet pipe tobacco and caramel. This is a huge wine that can easily balance the sweet oak notes from new French oak balance. It will reward extended aging; decant first if you can’t wait.
Winemaker Trevor Durling Handcrafts Fortitude 2013 With Pride
Winemaker Trevor Durling relies on the finest winemaking traditions to extract elegant, powerful wines that express their superlative vineyard origins rather than the winemaker’s involvement. With Provenance’s recent release, he stands behind the making of Fortitude. “If there is an ideal vintage, this was it,” says Winemaker Trevor Durling. “Fortitude is a wine you can enjoy early on its in life or twenty years from now, no problem. It’s round and inviting finish is the sum of all we do here.” Durling and his team taste through hundreds of barrels and select the 10 that work most harmoniously together from across Napa Valley to create the best blend possible in the Fortitude Cabernet.
Trevor joined Provenance Vineyards and Hewitt Vineyard in 2010 as assistant winemaker and was an integral part of the success of Wine Spectator’s 2013 #4 Wine of the Year – the 2010 Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. In early 2015, Trevor was named lead winemaker, following in the footsteps of Founding Winemaker Tom Rinaldi and Chris Cooney. Trevor worked hand in hand with Tom and Chris crafting such highly regarded wines and today continues that rich winemaking legacy.
The word “Provenance” is derived from the French language, and means “origin” or “source.” Provenance Vineyards produces wines that capture the essence of their origin. This is achieved by selecting the highest quality fruit in Napa Valley, forging enduring relationships with the region’s top vineyard owners.