James River Cellars 2011 Chambourcin

Within a stone’s throw of our State capital near the interlocking web of Route 1 off ramps sits an unassuming Tuscan inspired house whose function belies its form for this house is the home to one of Virginia’s hidden winery treasures, James River Cellars.

Family owned and operated, James River Cellars Winery’s was founded by Ray Lazarchic.  Today the property is owned by Ray’s daughter, winery manager Mitzi Batterson and her husband winemaker James Batterson.  Viticulturalist Sebastian Nagy rounds out the team of professionals dedicated to leading the continued advancement of the Virginia wine industry from their Ashland County outpost.

I was thrilled to pour the 2011 Chambourcin as a part of the Top Five tasting tent at Vintage Virginia (sponsored by your Virginia Wine Club).  A crowd favorite, this wine has a nice light ruby color in the glass; the nose is filled with strawberry/rhubarb pie.  The red cherry attack is slightly viscose and leads to a mid palate filled with plum licorice and round tannins.  The finish lingers nicely on the rear of the palate with an undercurrent of baked cherry pie (including the crusty notes).

Great on its own, I would encourage pairing with vanilla ice cream as a dessert course

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