Fontanella Family Wines Zinfandel 2008
Fontanella Family Winery is a boutique winery located in Napa Valley’s legendary Mt. Veeder Appellation. Winemaker Jeff Fontanella discovered his innate talent for hand-crafting fine wines while studying viticulture and enology at UC Davis. He honed his skills at Opus One, ZD Wines, and Saddleback Cellars before establishing his own winery with his wife, Karen Kruse Fontanella, in 2008. Throughout his career, Jeff has crafted wines that have received several 90+ point ratings from Robert Parker, the Wine Spectator, and the Wine Enthusiast. He was featured as the winemaker of one of “The Next Napa Superstars” by Vinography.com at the 2008 Aspen Food and Wine Classic. His wines made a repeat visit at the 2009 Food and Wine Classic, when the Fontanella Family Winery’s 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon was highlighted as one of Napa’s best new Cabernets.
Editorial Reviews for Fontanella Family Wines Zinfandel
Dark, meaty and toasty on the nose, with a burnt note and a touch of caper accenting the boysenberry and plum fruit. Nicely balanced in the mouth with good richness and some emerging sweet fruit. I’m tempted to say this is simply too young as it’s not showing much fruit but it is gently fruity, with plenty of vanilla and milk chocolate oak character, finishing on the short side with a touch of coffee and drying tannins. 86pts
Food Pairings for Fontanella Family Wines Zinfandel
This Zin is bursting with wild blackberries, rhubarb, blueberry tart, and raspberry liqueur which tantalizes the senses. Sweet notes of vanilla bean, mocha and dark chocolate round out the finish with a hint of caramel. Concentrated, vibrant, pure Zin fruit!
442 Cases produced.
Aged 11 months in American Oak.
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