Friday, April 09, 2010

4JGs Chambourcin Riserva 2005

New Jersey is showing more and more what can be done well with Chambourcin. There are a number of wineries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania who and or make a Chambourcin, but there are a handful of good Chambourcins.

One of my favorites is 4JGs Vineyards in Colts Neck, NJ.

They make a big, deep, dark, dry red, called Chambourcin Riserva 2005. This is an opaque wine, with a dark red ring on the edge. The wine had lots of dark berries, black berries and dark raspberries, and even a touch of plum and a hint of prune and a touch of vanilla. With big fruit up front, there was also tannin to match. This is a big wine for people who like deep wines. For all it's big flavors, the wine was nicely balanced.

This is a big wine. Drink it now with grilled steak or portobello mushrooms, a spicy pasta dish, or some other big roast. Or cellar it for five or six years. It will definitely hold up!

Wonderful wine!