1999 Hardscrabble Red


Palate

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

Aromas

Bramble fruit, cherry and ripe plum.

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.