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Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 2.41.13 PMI know I have mentioned this before but I have to say it again. Join a wine club now! With the limited quantities of wine that some of the Virginia wineries create, some times you have to get on the wine club to get those exclusive wines.

The 2013 Keswick Vineyards Chambourcin is a perfect example of this. It is so exclusive that in order for the whole wine club to get a bottle the winemaker had to go to a half sized 375 ml bottle.

Now for those of you who are not from Virginia and have never been to a Virginia winery. Chambourcin has been popping up with Norton as a popular produced single varietal. This wine is a French-American hybrids, which in most cases these types do well in Virginia. I like it better than Norton but it is still not my absolute favorite.

Tasting notes from this wine will come from the back of the bottle due to none being on the website:

Matured for ten months in Hungarian oak, this varietal wine shows boysenberry and licorice on the nose. The palate has rustic smoky and espresso flavors early on, but with time shows plum and cassis coming to the fore. Will continue to mature through 2019.

Hungarian oak, interesting. So how was it?

Color – Purplish-red.

Nose – Blackberries and some spice or black pepper.

Taste – This is where I really got the boysenberry and plum with just a little bit of spice.

Finish – Medium to high with high acid and medium tannins.

Overall, it is a very acidic wine but it has really bright berry flavors. It is still a very good version of Chambourcin. It gets a little rustic and earthy as I continue to sip it. Very decent Chambourcin and only loses points because this particular grape is not my favorite.

Rating: B+

~Justin