I’m Not a Chambourcin Fan

For dinner last night we had breaded chicken and herbed rice. Warren selected the 2009 Chambourcin from Hume Vineyards to compliment the meal. I may not have noted this yet but I’m not a big fan of Chambourcin. I’ve tasted many Chambourcins and very few make it on my rack. The Hume Chambourcin would fit nicely with the other wines on my rack.

On the nose we jotted down fruity, jammy, dark plum, dark cherry, earth, tobacco, and anise. Jammy can sometimes be a bad thing but in this case it was not the bad kind of jammy. It was pleasant. In the mouth we noted similar characteristics with the addition of currents, spice, and pepper. Even though it is 13.8% alcohol, we noted some heat on the end. The Chambourcin complimented the breaded chicken and herbed rice rather well.

Even though I don’t call myself a Chambourcin fan, I did enjoy this one. We look forward to future vintages of Hume’s Chambourcin. Knowing that I’m not the biggest Chambourcin fan, are there other Virginia Chambourcins you, dear readers, recommend I try?


  1. We just drank a gift bottle of Davis Valley 2008 Chambourcin and found it to be delightful. But cannot find it in Houston and the winery has not responded to an email about shipping it.

  2. I am curious to try the Hume after reading your article. I am a big fan of Fabbioli Cellars Chambourcin. Fabbioli’s is based in Leesburg, VA, Doug Fabbioli uses 90% Chambourcin and 10% Syrah for blending. It has a nice raspberry nose, with some raspberry on the pallate subtle spice and not too jammy.

  3. I’m a fan of the Davis Valley Chambourcin, although I seem to only be able to buy it at wine festivals.

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