1998 Hardscrabble Red

[tasted Dec 2016: very tobacco nose also with dreid cherries and toast. Good weight on palate, but just beginning to dry out and bcoming a bit short. Drink now. (JL)]

Aromas:

Dried herbs, smokiness, ripe plums.

Palate:

Medium body and soft dusty tannins.

Food Pairings:

Duck, white meats with reduced sauces, and triple cream cheeses.

Vineyard:

Glen Manor Vineyards is owned and operated by Jeff White who is also part of the Linden Vineyards staff. Glen Manor is on the west slope of the Blue Ridge about 7 miles west of Linden Vineyards at an elevation of 1,100 ft. Vines are 3 years old and trained on the French Lyre trellising system.

Winemaking:

A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. 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 bottled after 21 months of oak aging. 222 cases produced.