Saturday, April 23, 2011

4JGs Chambourcin Riserva 2005

So, while I was in New Jersey for the East holiday, I decided to go visit some of the wineries from the old neighborhood. I bought bottles from many different wineries. One of my old favorites was FourJGs winery in Colts Neck.

Four JG's Orchards & Vineyards is located in Central New Jersey in a historic farming area. The winery is named after the four owners, John and Janet Giunco and their two children, John (who most know as "Bert") and Jill. The Giunco family has farmed in Monmouth County for over 60 years. Four JG's seek to grow quality fruit and make the highest quality wine. The estate produces wines that are bold in character and rich in fruit. Founded in 1999, Four JG's Orchards & Vineyards is located on a farm with barns and houses that date back to the early 1700's.

I bought several bottles, and then returned to Freehold, where we dined at Angelos and I opened a bottle of the FourJGs Chambourcin Riserva 2008. I ordered a beautiful plate of Frutti di Mare in a rich red sauce, filled with clams, calamari, shrimp, and mussels. It was spicy and delicious. And I needed a red wine to live up to it.

The Chambourcin Riserva 2008 was just what was needed. This wine is Four JG’s fladship wine. The Chambourcin grape is a French Hybrid with Rhone origins. It is a winter hardy variety that has become the favorite of growers in the Middle-Atlantic states. Chambourcin has a soft texture and spicy attributes. Four JG’s Chambourcin Riserva is a delicate blend of Chambourcin and the vinifera grape, Cabernet Franc wood-aged in American oak for eighteen months.

This is a big lush wine, with big plum, blackberry, and dark raspberry notes. Hints of mocha as well and hints of vanila. Very nice, low acidity, with soft tannins. It finishes with a hint of peppper.

This has won numerous awards:
- Silver, 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2004 vintage)
- 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)

Great stuff. Still a favorite of mine!