Monday, October 18, 2010

2006 Fontanella Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

     I hate to say that I am not sure who gave me this bottle, but what a nice gift! I had slow-simmered a beef stew all evening. I keep waiting for the cool weather to hit us here in Houston, TX, (it was 82 for most of the day but I am ready for a season change) and randomly, through the grace of Bacchus, made this wine selection. Turned out, I chose a really easy-drinking, light to medium bodied cab which was perfect with my stew.
     I found the 2006 Fontanella Cabernet Sauvignon to have a medium ruby-colored core with a rosy rim. It was lightly scented with blackberry, dried sage and violets. It was well-balanced and well-structured with refined tannins, flavors of blackberry, dried cherry and a hint of nutmeg. It had a pleasant, medium-length earthy finish.
It was delightful as an accompaniment to the light beef stew but will probably be even better with some age. I definitely want to check out this winery on my next trip to Napa!