1999 Hardscrabble Chardonnay
Fresh Granny Smith apple, mineral, and vanilla.
Pineapple and grapefruit with a crisp long finish.
Rich fish like salmon, tuna or swordfish.
Hardscrabble is Linden’s estate vineyard. It is located in Fauquier Co. on top of the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 1350 feet on a south and east slope. Deep, well drained, volcanic origin, granite and greenstone based soils. Vine age is between 11 and 16 years.
A hot dry summer with some rain in September. Harvest was September 14.
100% barrel fermented in 1 to 5 year old French oak from small Burgundian coopers. No malolactic fermentation. Aged on the lees in the barrel for 7 months. Bottled August 2000. This Chardonnay will age wonderfully for many years. 830 cases produced.