10 Fontanella Zinfandel ($36) ☺☺☺☺

The Thanksgiving wines this year were headed up by a classic American Zinfandel from Jeff and Karen Fontanella, one of our favourite Zin artists in the region. The wine was opened and decanted about an hour before drinking and the time spent breathing brought out the best in this feast of flavours. The wine complimented the roast turkey perfectly. The nose was predominantly blackberry with a  hint of maraschino cherry, slightly smoky and with the usual white pepper found in all great Zinfandels. The taste was round, full and the finish long. The dark fruit being balanced with a hint of spicy vanilla all melding into a great thanksgiving wine. One to grace any table.

© John Holmes 2014