09 Fontanella Portmanteau   ($32) ☺☺☺ 

Jeff Fontanella certainly has got great blending skills. This blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and Petitie Syrah hits all the right spots. In my opinion the Syrah is dominant on the nose with its spicy, almost meaty, style and then you have the blackberries of the Zinfandel at the core of the taste. The tannin base is smooth and this didn't need much time to open up, in fact it was just decanted then drunk almost immediately. Presently this wine is only available to wine club members but we can only hope it becomes a permanent feature of their repertoire. At $32 it represents good value as well.

© John Holmes 2014