1997 Rush River Red


Palate

Cloves and black pepper with drying tannins.

Aromas

Roses, currants, and dried herbs.

Food Pairings

Red meats, strong cheeses, and dishes with olives or garlic.

Vineyard

Owned by Linden staff member Meredith Gorfein and her husband Henry. Rush River Vineyards in Rappahannock Co. is 900 feet of elevation at the base of the Shenandoah National Park near Washington, VA. Deep, well drained soils give fragrant rose aromas and firm tannins. Vine age is 10 years. Training system is French lyre.

Winemaking

A blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Cabernet Franc. Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed and fermented warm in small open bins. The cap was punched down by hand two times a day. The wine was pressed off just prior to dryness and put immediately in primarily Virginia oak barrels. The wine was bottle after 21 months of oak aging. 238 cases produced.