1999 Avenius Chardonnay
Sweet melon and honeysuckle with a hint of flint.
Mouth-filling, with a round middle and a bright tartness on the finish.
Rich fish, risotto and mushrooms.
Avenius Vineyard is owned and operated by Shari Avenius who is also part of the Linden Vineyards staff. It is located on the Blue Ridge one half mile north of Linden Vineyards at an elevation of 1,300 ft. on a steep northeast slope. Soils are well drained rocky greenstone and shale. These 5 year old vines are trained on the French lyre trellising system.
Using only free run juice, it was cool fermented initially and then barrel fermented and aged sur lie in older french oak. No malolactic fermentation was allowed in order to retain crisp acidity and minerality. Bottled in August 2000, this wine will age in the bottle for many years. 236 cases produced.