Everythign about the winery speaks of family. Janet's sister and mother man the tastingroom, which is the livingroom of the old farm house. Jent was ringing up the sales at the register and John and his -father-in-law were outside planting a new vineyard. Everyone was friendly and jocular. When you walk into 4 JG's you are one of the family.
No question, my favorite was their Seyval Blanc. Nice fruit up front, lemony, and nice dry finish. Very nice. Wonderful.
Their Cayuga White and Vidal Blanc, which are sometimes cloying sweet bombs at other country wineries, were also refreshing white which really hit the mark. A slight touch of sweetness up front, but both dispelled with a dry pucker on the end.
All of the whites were dry and perfect for the upcoming summer, great with salads, chickem or fish.
Another shocker was that I liked their Monmouth Blush. Only slightly sweet, it's half rose' and half blush. A fabulous sipping wine. Great with cheese or conversation. Put some of this on ice, light some lanterns, and let's gather on the deck with a bottle or two of this stuff. One of my favorite blushes almost instantly.
The Cabernet Franc 2005 is young, with bright cherry and hints of vanilla. Nice tannins, and nice finish. This recently won a medal at the 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Competition.
The 2004 Chambourcin started off with lots of black cherry, and had some other lovely notes. A wonderful, medium bodied red.
And f course there was the Chambourcin Riserva was also very delicious. This has won at the Los Angeles County Fair and the 2004 New Jersey Governor's Cup. So this is an accomplished wine.
Even my good blogger buddy Lenndevours, beat me to my own backyard! You can read his excellent review of this wine at: http://wine.appellationamerica.com/wine-reviews/1321/Four-JG
The Riserva has won the following awards:
- Silver, 2006 Los Angeles County Fair World of Wines Competition (2002 vintage)- Bronze, 2003 American Wine Society National Competition (2002 Vintage)- Bronze, 2004 VinoChallenge International Wine Competition (2002 Vintage)- Gold, 2004 New Jersey Wine Competition (2002 Vintage)- Silver, 2004 American Wine Society National Competition (2003 Vintage)
- Bronze, 2005 New Jersey Wine Competition (2003 Vintage)
OK, so how can you get your hands on this hard to get Jersey gold? Well, first, go to their website: www.4jgswinery.com and see what their hours are or if some event is about to take place.
Or you can call:
Four JG's Orchards & Vineyards
127 Hillsdale Road
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
Or you can go to one of the following local liquor stores:
Wine Sellers of Holmdel
Holmdel Town Ceter (Highway 35&Laurel Avenue) Holmdel, New Jersey
Colts Neck Shopping Center, Highway 34, Colts Neck, New Jersey
Regardless how you do it, you need to find this stuff. It's best if you go there, the place is absolutely beautiful. Don't be a lazy, silly SOB like me. Get off the couch, stop making excuses, especially in the fall, and get over to Four JG's Vineyards, and find out what you've been missing - and become a part of the family! You'll be thrilled.