Friday, December 24, 2010

Mount Felix Lafayette's Reserve Chambourcin

I was lucky enough to be able to get my hands on some Maryland wine recently. Yeah! And luckily, one of the ones I was able to get my hands on was Mount Felix Lafayette's Reserve.

Jacob Giles constructed the first structure upon Mount Felix according to a 1798 tax map. The Manor home was completed circa 1830's by agriculturist, John Mitchell.

Great structures and views have inspired men and women to construct the quintessential (neo) classical villa throughout the ages. The hills of Havre De Grace crown the North Western shores of the Chesapeake Bay. From the late 1700's to the mid 1800's, the breathtaking views inspired an era of federal style villa construction for those intending their homes to also inspire "intellectual and recreational pursuits".
Mount Felix is one of the few remaining villas and commands unparalleled views from its promontory that overlooks the Chesapeake Bay with magnificent, unrivaled and unspoiled vistas.

Lafayette's Reserve is a fantastic, estate Chambourcin grown in their Maryland vineyard. The nose almost smelled like an old Bordeaux. Lots of dried dark cherries, tart dark raspberry, mocha and vanilla. A touch of coffee. It was a lovely medium bodied red, with a smooth finish. Not a lot of tannin, but just enough to let you know it was there. Black cherries and spices come through as promised. A wonderful, wonderful wine, and a great find!
(Sorry about the label photo. The winery have no labels on their website and there's none on the internet, and my new cell phone camera is the pits!)

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