1999 Hardscrabble Chardonnay

Aromas:

Fresh Granny Smith apple, mineral, and vanilla.

Palate:

Pineapple and grapefruit with a crisp long finish.

Food Pairings:

Rich fish like salmon, tuna or swordfish.

Vineyard:

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.

Vintage:

A hot dry summer with some rain in September. Harvest was September 14.

Winemaking:

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.