1999 Hardscrabble Red

Aromas:

Bramble fruit, cherry and ripe plum.

Palate:

Sweet and tightly structured black pepper with ripe, lengthy tannins.

Food Pairings:

Red meats and rich cheeses.

Vineyard:

Estate (100% Hardscrabble), Fauquier county, on the Blue Ridge at 1,300 to 1,400 feet with an eastern to southern slope. Deep, well-drained mineral soils give cherry character, deep color and good structure. Vine ages at harvest from 9 to 15 years.

Winemaking:

A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot. 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 French and American barrels. The wine was bottled after 17 months of oak ageing. 297 cases produced.