Franklin Hill Vineyards
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Chambourcin by Franklin Hill Vineyards
The D-2010 Scale
Chambourcin by Franklin Hill Vineyards (Pennsylvania)
Appearance (10 points possible): deep red color, hard to see-through, with bright red edges - 10 points
Aroma/Bouquet (20 points possible): Herbal, cherry, slight tobacco, vegetal (in a good way), light smoke, and spice. - 14 points
Taste (10 points possible): A medium-bodied red wine that is mostly present in the mid-palate to the finish. The alcohol is very prevalent in this wine, even though it's labeled as 12%. It may be hindering the flavor. However, I like the body on this wine - it's smooth and velvety with a good balance of acidity. Wine is bone dry. - 6 points
Balance (5 points possible): This wine is slightly disintegrated and doesn't quite fill the mouth like a red wine should. However, the acid is not overly noticeable, which is very common with this variety. - 3 points
Finish (5 points possible): A nice lingering smooth finish, with red sour cherry flavors, hints of raw wood, and slightly herbal. - 4 points
Packaging *Introduction to the D-2010 Scale*
Quality of Package (5 points possible): The bottle and the cork are beautiful. Good quality package. - 5 points
Label Marketability (10 points possible): Personally, I like this label. It's different. It's not overly eye catching, but it's design makes the wine seem elusive and mysterious. I think it matches the personality of this wine very well. - 8 points
Other (5 points possible): There's no extras on this bottle, and actually, I'm disappointed there's no vintage year on the label - the wine deserves it! - 3 points
Total Points: 83 points
Overall Thought: Chambourcin, as a wine, has a tendency to be high in acid (so very sour tasting). However, this wine was very well done and the acid is more integrated than it usually is for this variety. I like drinking this as a basic table wine, and again think that it's a good introductory wine for those looking to break into red wines. The slight oak aging also does this well - not overly oak tasting, but nice and fresh.
Food Pairings: Again, this is an every-day table wine; a "house-red" so to speak. I'd pair this with freshly grilled pizza, your basic pasta dishes, but also fatty cheeses. I can actually see this with a cut baguette and some varying types of blue cheese. Yuuuuummmm.
Splurge Factor (out of 4): 1 - this wine is unbelievably priced for it's quality.
Where to buy: Franklin Hill Vineyards has 4 retail outlets in Pennsylvania: Bangor, Tannersville, Easton, and Bethlehem. For more information, check out their website. Cheers!