1997 Reserve Chardonnay


Palate

Apple, toasty oak, and vanilla with a concentrated finish.

Aromas

Pear, almond, and melon.

Palate

Apple, toasty oak, and vanilla with a concentrated finish.

Food Pairings

Rich fish like salmon, or earthy foods like risotto with mushrooms and roast chicken with polenta.

Vineyard

Estate Vineyard (100%), Fauquier Co., on top of the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 1,350 feet on a south and east slope. Deep, well drained, volcanic origin, greenstone based soils. Vine age is between 10 and 15 years.

Vintage

Dry and cool summer and fall. Harvest dates were September 23 & 24, 1997.

Winemaking

Linden’s first reserve wine after 11 vintages; a selection of 7 barrels from a total of 60. 100% barrel fermented in French oak from small Burgundian coopers. Partial malolactic fermentation. Aged on the lees in the barrel for 10 months. Bottled August 20, 1998. Our chardonnays age wonderfully for many years. Release date: late 1999. 168 cases produced.