1998 Hardscrabble Chardonnay

Aromas:

Pear, almond, melon and toasty oak.

Palate:

Big and generous, lots of concentration.

Food Pairings:

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

Vineyard:

Hardscrabble is Linden’s estate vineyard (100%) in Fauquier county on top of the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 1350 feet on a south and east slope. Deep, well drained, volcanic origin, greenstone based soils. Vine age is between 10 and 15 years.

Winemaking:

100% barrel fermented in one and two year year old French oak from small Burgundian coopers. Partial malolactic fermentation. Aged on the lees in the barrel for 7 months. Bottled August 20, 1999. This Chardonnay will age wonderfully for many years. 332 cases produced.