1999 Glen Manor Red
French herbs, black raspberries and chocolate.
Full-bodied, forward, with soft tannins.
Does not need food with a lot of weight or assertiveness.
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 feet. Vines were 4 years old at harvest and trained on the French lyre trellising system.
1999 was a year of contrasts. A very dry summer produced small berries and early veraision (the beginning of ripening). In early September a series of rains delayed harvest. October finally gave us the ripening weather needed for our red grapes. Harvest dates: October 7 to 15, 1999.
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Petit Verdot and 21% 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 17 months of oak ageing. 328 cases produced.