1999 Cabernet Franc
Currants and cocoa with a velvet texture.
Cherry, blackberry, sage, and rosemary.
With food the wine takes on a round chocolatey sweetness. It complements herb-roasted chicken, jazzy pizza, or a summer medley grill.
Fiery Run Vineyard (56%), Fauquier County, on top of the Blue Ridge at 1,300 to 1,400 feet with an eastern to southern slope. Deep, well-drained mineral soils give cherry character and good structure. Vine ages from 9 to 15 years.
Glen Manor Vineyard (28%), Warren County is on the western slope of the Blue Ridge about 7 miles west of Linden Vineyards at an elevation of 1,100 feet. The deep, fertile soils give roundness. The vines are 5 years old and trained on the French lyre system. Rush River Vineyard (16%), Rappahannock County is at 900 feet elevation at the base of the Shenandoah National Park near Washington, Virginia. Deep, well drained soils give fragrant aromas and firm tannins. Vine age is 12 years.
Whole berry fermentation and early pressing gives the wine its pretty aromatics and supple texture. Ages in 90% American oak, 10% French oak for 9 months. 75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. 750 cases produced.