1998 Rush River Red
Roses, chocolate, black pepper, tea, black raspberry and dried herbs.
Bold, assertive with up front bursts of cloves, cherries and dried fruit and dusty, assertive tannins on the finish.
Red meats, strong cheeses, and dishes with olives or garlic.
Owned by former Linden staff member Meredith Gorfein and her husband Henry, Rush River vineyards in Rappahannock Co. is at 900 ft. 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 11 years. Training system is French Lyre.
A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon and 31% Cabernet Franc. Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed and fermented warm in small open bins. The cap was punched down by hand twice 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. 199 cases produced.