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Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery Chambourcin 2005

Member Review by angldst:

I bought this wine up in Carlisle PA back before Christmas. Most of the PA wines I've tasted have come over too sweet, so I had high hopes of this one being different. Unfortunately, it was *very* different, and not in a way I liked. I prefer my wines dry, but salty? Salty is not a flavour I'm expecting in wine, and last I checked this wasn't a "cooking" wine. My husband gave it a try, and commented that the nose was "floral tinged with halite". Very disappointed in this wine. :-( NOTE: this refers to the 2012 vintage, NOT the 2005.

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Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery:
Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery is a small, family owned business located in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Today Clover Hill is producing more than 65,000 gallons of wine annually and we worked hard over the past two decades to build a reputation for producing premium Pennsylvania wines. Clover Hill Winery started as a dream and became a family tradition. John and Pat Skrip are the passionat... Read more
Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery is a small, family owned business located in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Today Clover Hill is producing more than 65,000 gallons of wine annually and we worked hard over the past two decades to build a reputation for producing premium Pennsylvania wines. Clover Hill Winery started as a dream and became a family tradition. John and Pat Skrip are the passionate team that founded Clover Hill. John, a civil engineer, and Pat, a school teacher, had a fondness for wine and committed themselves to their passion. In the early 1970's they began planting grapes as a hobby at their home in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania. They were impressed with the quality of the grapes and it encouraged them to establish a full time vineyard and winery business. Tasting Room Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Read less

Member Reviews for Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery Chambourcin

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Snooth User: angldst
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0.50 5
01/11/2014

I bought this wine up in Carlisle PA back before Christmas. Most of the PA wines I've tasted have come over too sweet, so I had high hopes of this one being different. Unfortunately, it was *very* different, and not in a way I liked. I prefer my wines dry, but salty? Salty is not a flavour I'm expecting in wine, and last I checked this wasn't a "cooking" wine. My husband gave it a try, and commented that the nose was "floral tinged with halite". Very disappointed in this wine. :-( NOTE: this refers to the 2012 vintage, NOT the 2005.


Snooth User: Dilbretta
681374152
3.00 5
05/24/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery Chambourcin

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Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

The French-American hybrid variety Chambourcin, still planted in Rhône and Loire regions, has been embraced by growers in the Mid-Atlantic states and has been selected as the flagship variety for the fledging Lehigh Valley American Viticultural Area. The warm and dry 2005 vintage, vaunted throughout the east, delivered a ripe extracted Chambourcin for Clover Hill. Deep ruby, the perfumed nose shows exotic spices and incense. In the mouth, the wine shows rich flavors of dark cherries. Clover Hill attempts to merge the terroir of wine and oak. The wine is aging in Pennsylvania oak made by Keystone Cooperage in Western Pennsylvania. Slower growing and tighter grained than oak from warmer areas, the wood slows the extraction, Clover Hill’s John Skrip III says, allowing the sometimes subtler fruit of Chambourcin to show. While Chambourcin is notorious for vigor and heavy fruit set, Clover Hill doesn't need to flower or cluster thin its lot. The Chambourcin is planted on a steep, well-drained, hill of loose, highly fractured shale that naturally de-vigors the vines overlooking the winery and tasting room. This is the first Chambourcin produced by Clover Hill since 2001. In other years, the winemaking team decided the fruit wasn't up-to-snuff and used it to make an off-dry, steel-fermented proprietary wine Turtle Rock. www.cloverhillwinery.com




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