1999 Late Harvest
[tasted Novemebr 2016: Remarkably fresh aroma with lively acidity. In a very good place now (JL)]
Pear, sweet cream, and vanilla.
Lush, tangy and very sweet (15% residual sugar).
Rich, decadent main courses such as foie gras or desserts that feature fruits–especially apricots, peaches, pears or dried fruits.
Hardscrabble Vineyard (100%), Fauquier County, on top of the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 1,300 feet on an eastern slope. Deep, well-drained volcanic origin soils. Vine age is 4 to 15 years.
A hot dry summer with some rain in September. Harvest date was October 27, 1999.
65% Vidal and 35% Riesling, the grapes are frozen and pressed while frozen. Only the first thawed juice is used (AKA icewine). The blend ferments slowly in new Virginia oak barrels and is stopped by chilling to retain fruit and sweetness. This wine becomes more honeyed and spicier with age. 450 cases (375 ml) produced.