Monday, February 27, 2012
There were the textbook aromas of plum and game on the nose, but none of the black cherry stuff and certainly not much intensity; it was pretty tart, acerbic almost on the palate and the fruit just dwindled away. In defense of Chambourcin, it is supposed to be drunk young and fresh and I obviously had this sitting in my wine cellar for way too long. I didn't know! And in defense of Frogpond wines I have been to the vineyard, I have drank their wines and liked them!
I'm sorry Chambourcin, I promise to drink you more promptly next time I have you in my wine cellar.
Word: French hybrids were created in the late 19th century by crossing North American vine species with the European vinifera species in order to produce hardy, and phylloxera toleran (a louse that transported from the Americas to Europe and almost decimated the wine industry there) vines. Although we have since moved on, French hybrids were the basis of the wine industry in Ontario.
Here's a great piece at The Frugal Oenophile if the French hybrid thing has really got you intrigued.