Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What's in My Glass Wednesdays! Chambourcin by Franklin Hill Vineyards

A good introductory red wine made by a fantastic winery: Franklin Hill Vineyards.  Franklin Hill Vineyards is nestled in the beautiful Pennsylvania country-side in the Lehigh Valley.  They are avid Four Square users, so find them on Four Square to get their best deals!

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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.
Cost: $12
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!

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