Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fiore Proprietor's Reserve Chambourcin 2005 (Maryland)

This evening the winter storm hit the northeast. The winds swept the white snow into a frenzy to paint the windows. The fireplace glowed inside, and the smell of simmering stew filled the house. Dom and I decided to have a bottle of Chambourcin 2005.

On May 3rd, 1962 Mike Fiore arrived in America. Soon after, he met the love of his life, Rose. Within a year they were married. Eventually, he settled as a technician at the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company. Rose, on the other hand, found work managing the 1st National bank in Edgewood. In 1975, Mike and Rose bought a small farm in Northern Harford County.

Formerly a vineyard owner in Italy, he joined a Wine Growers Association to learn about French-hybrid grapes. In 1986, Mike and Rose opened Fiore Winery and named the vineyards, “La Felicetta.” Mike’s enthusiasm towards the vineyard started to flourish. Over the next twenty years, the pair turned their passion into prosperity. They gradually moved from 1,500 to 35,000 gallons. Their commitment to produce a quality product has earned them hundreds of awards, including 50 international medals between 2005 and 2008.

I've met Mike several times, and have beein going to his winery since the early 1990s. He's been a great man for MAryland wine and east coast wineries. I was excited to taste it.

Proprietor's Reserve Chambourcin 2005 is estate bottled deep, dry red. According to the website, Decanter Magazine described an earlier vintage as "dark violet, resembling Cru Beaujolais in color and in crisp, fresh acidity. Youthful, with vibrant black cherry and plum aromas, then earth tones with truffle, smoke and mineral hints on the finish. Bears a striking resemblance to a young Dolcetto; excellent food wine".

This is a reserve wine. Aged in oak. Bottle aged beyond that. The flavors are of dark sour cherry, with hints of vanilla and a touch of coffee. The wine got better as it sat in my glass. This was a wonderful wine. Deep, rich, and the flavor lasted for a olong, long time. Dominique served the stew, with the steam curling off off the mountains of vegetables and hunks of beef. It was rich and dark and savory. The red wine cut through all the flavors, and complimented the dish incredibly.

Medals & Accolades:
1995 Maryland Governor's Cup
Double Gold 2007 Tasters Guild International
Gold Medal 2007 San Diego International Wine Competition
Gold medal 2005 2005 Los Angeles County Fair-Wines of the World Competition
Gold medal 2004 Maryland Governor's Cup Competition
Silver Medal 2010 Tasters Guild International
Silver Medal 2008 Maryland Governor's Cup Competition
Silver medal 2008 Tasters Guild International
Silver Medal- 2007 Maryland Winemasters' Choice Awards
Silver medal 2007 Amenti Del Vino international wine competition
Silver Medal 2007 Maryland Governor's Cup Competition
Silver medal 2005 Tasters Guild International
Silver medal 2005 Maryland Governor's Cup Competition
Bronze Medal 2010 MD Governor's Cup Competition
Bronze Medal, 2010 Maryland Winemasters Choice Awards
Bronze Medal 2009 Governor's Cup Competition