Fontanella Family Winery

Melanson Vineyard
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 124
Vintage

2009

Fontanella Family Winery

Melanson Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

We hand-selected an ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on Pritchard Hill owned by Greg Melanson as the designated vineyard for our Premiere Napa Valley offering. The viticultural area speaks for itself, as do the rich, intense, fruit-filled layers of this luscious Cabernet offering. This massive yet elegant Cabernet is bursting with black cherry, currant and blueberry notes, with layers of complexity and a supple finish. A treasure comprised of all the unique characteristics that make Pritchard Hill such an incredible viticultural phenomenon.


Aging Process

Aged in 100% new French Oak Barrels, primarily from the Allier and Troncais Forests.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Jeff Fontanella

Winemaker, Fontanella Family Winery

Winemaker, Jeff Fontanella

Owner/winemaker Jeff Fontanella has been making wine in Napa Valley for 12 years. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, he holds a degree in Viticulture and Enology. Jeff began his winemaking career working in the cellars of Opus One and ZD.

Soon after, he took a position at one of Napa’s great cult wineries, Saddleback Cellars. At Saddleback, Jeff sharpened his winemaking skills under the tutelage of Nils Venge, whom Robert Parker named one of the 20 most influential winemakers in the world. During his tenure at Saddleback, Jeff was able to hone his stylistic approach to winemaking while reinforcing his technical training in the art.

For the last five years, Jeff has been a consulting winemaker for a number of small ultra-premium boutique wine brands, including Carter Cellars, Richard Partridge, Highlands and Melanson, to name a few.

Country born: United States

Education: B.S. - Enology and Viticulture from U.C. Davis

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Complexity, balance and depth are our winemaking goals. The primary control built into this is soil type variation. Our theory is that the majority of the distinctive character of the wine is dependant on the soil type and microclimate where it is grown. As a winery, we can influence the wines final characteristics, put our style to it, so to speak, but it is impossible to change the inherent core structure of the wine. Winemaking starts in the vineyard.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

A: We decided to venture out of our long-standing vineyards to create a unique wine from a Pritchard Hill vineyard owned by Greg Melanson. We've never produced a vineyard-designated wine from this exceptional vineyard and we are sure it will dazzle.

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Costa Mesa  CA  92627-3808
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Trefethen Family Vineyards 2000 Red Table Wine Napa Valley Mènage á Trois 6
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