1998 Hardscrabble Chardonnay
Pear, almond, melon and toasty oak.
Big and generous, lots of concentration.
Rich fish like salmon, or earthy foods such as risotto with mushrooms and roast chicken with polenta.
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.
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.