Located in Loudoun County, the richest winery county in the state, Fabbioli Cellars is the embodiment of the dream Doug Fabbioli and his wife Colleen. Their concept of “Real People, Earth Friendly, Fabulous wines.” is much more than a tagline; it’s a business and personal philosophy.
They talk the talk but more importantly they walk the walk and you can taste it in the wines.
Doug got is start in winegrowing on the east coast before heading west. Doug’s experience in the California wine industry prepared him well for the venture that would become Fabbioli Cellars he had the opportunity to work with world famous winemakers as well as see how wineries tended to reflect the passion of the owners.
After a number of successful postings in the Virginia wine industry, Doug and Colleen took the entrepreneurial plunge building a winery that could be ecologically sustainable, ethically sound and economically viable.
While Fabbioli Cellars has had its challenges, no one has ever questioned Doug and Colleen’s unbridled passion for excellence and integrity.
2009 Cabernet Franc Reserve
This one word jumped off the tasting notes from the Tasting Panel review of wines earlier this year.
In the glass this deep purple Virginia vintage hides a great deal of complexity in its darkest core. Filling the glass with dark, almost black color, this wine’s nose hosts elements of coca, plum, and black pepper. The gentlest attack has undertones of licorice and baked cherry. The midpalate expands to include tones of blackberries, strawberries and raisin.
The finish of this wine needs an additional o in smooth. Rather than an over the top tannic bomb this well integrated finish provides a tapestry of flavors on a well structured but not over bearing vanilla infused oak conclusion.
This structured wine calls for a well marbled steak or roasted prime rib. Additional pairings include hearty Italian dishes as well as more robust vegetarian options.
DRINK NOW – September 2014