Several weeks ago, we gathered both virtually and in situ (for the lucky ones), to taste the wines of Doug Fabbioli and to hear his thoughts on the state of winemaking in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Fabbioli Cellars is a small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery that focuses on growing and making high quality wines using traditional methods and 21st century knowledge. The vineyard was originally planted in 2001, on a 25 acre parcel in the southern Lucketts area, just north of Leesburg in Loudoun County. Fabbioli makes wines from both hybrid and vinifera grapes.
"Real people. Earth friendly. Fabulous wines."
2012 Cabernet Franc: hand harvested grapes with 80% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Tannat; aged 11 months in Hungarian and American oak; dark ruby red color; cherry, cassis, and vanilla aromas; pomegranate, tea, cranberry, cherry and baking spice flavors; 13.2% ABV; synthetic cork closure; 447 cases produced; SRP $24.
2012 Tannat: 75% Tannat, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot; aged 20 months in American, Virginian, and Pennsylvanian oak; cherry, cedar, vanilla, and spice aromas; dark and bright red fruit, vanilla, earth, and spice flavors; plenty of tannins for this wine to improve in the cellar; 13.7% ABV; cork closure; 174 cases produced; SRP $45.
NV Pear Wine: Asian, Bosc, Bartlett pears; fermented, portion is distilled into pear brandy, then new vintage is added to a solera system of French oak barrels, established 2009; butterscotch, tone fruit, vanilla, and pears (!) on the nose; pears, ginger, and vanilla flavors; sweet but balanced, not cloying; 17.2% ABV; 93 cases produced; SRP $35.These wines were provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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