Thursday, December 09, 2010
Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2008 from Virginia
I told you there was more Virginia to come. But this one wa a huge surprise. So there I was at this Holidy Party, and I'm peaking at all the wine and their labels, when I come across a bottle of Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2008.
Now, I found out, I had David Jackson to thank for this find. He'd recently been in Virginia on a wine trip, and he'd brought back a ton of fun stuff. This was certainly one of them.
In early 2000, Colleen was driving young Sammy around to get him to settle down and stumbled into a 25 acre parcel in the southern Lucketts area, just north of Leesburg in Loudoun County. Doug Fabbioli and Colleen Berg had been seeking land for a while but were unable to find the right piece. Although this piece did not fit all the parameters of a perfect vineyard site, it would be able to grow good grapes. It also filled many other concerns and needs for our family as a home. The planting began in 2001, along with building the house. The main planting was Merlot with a little Petit Verdot for blending.
Doug is a guy who has worked in Californie wineries. He was employed in the wine cellar at Buena Vista Winery in the Carneros district.
Tannat is a red wine grape, historically grown in South West France in the Madiran AOC and is now one of the most prominent grapes in Uruguay, where it is considered the "national grape". It is also grown in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Peru, and in Italy's Puglia region where it is used as a blending grape. In the US state of Virginia, there are small experimental plantings of the vine, and plantings in California have increased dramatically in the first years of the 21st Century.
This was a big, powerful, rich red. A bright garnet color shine through the deep, dark night. It was a vision of deep, dark, red wine solitudde. Bold with raspberry, dark plums, and a touch of cassis, you need to get a botl of this asap! This is a wonderful wine made with care by people who know what they are doing.
A great wine!