Every now and then I come across a wine I don’t want to share, not even with friends and family. I happened to open such a bottle last night, a Fabbioli Cellars Raspberry Merlot. Fabbioli Cellars is located in Leesburg, Virginia, on the Loudoun Wine Trail. A small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery, Fabbioli Cellars is owned by the talented winemaker and consultant, Doug Fabbioli. Doug served as the winemaker for Doukénie Winery before opening Fabbioli Cellars, which also happens to produce an excellent Raspberry Merlot (see my earlier review).
Coming in at $23 retail for a 375ml bottle, the wine clocks in at 12.5% alcohol. The fruit is estate grown and blended with Merlot to create what I think is one of the best dessert wines in Virginia. A perfect pairing of grapes and berries. The only negative is the size, and the fact that this was my last bottle. But don’t take my word for it. Go grab your own bottle and see if you feel like sharing.
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