2000 Chardonnay

Aromas:

Pear, tropical fruit and almond.

Palate:

Apple, melon, toasty oak and vanilla with a creamy, citrus finish.

Food Pairings:

Rich fish such as salmon, or earthy foods like risotto with mushrooms and roast chicken with polenta.

Vineyard:

Hardscrabble Vineyard (78%), Fauquier County, on top of the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 1,300 feet on a south and east slope. Deep, well-drained, greenstone based soils of volcanic origin. Vine age is between 11 and 16 years. Contributes pear aromas and a crisp citrus finish. Glen Manor Vineyard (22%), Warren County, on the west side of the Blue Ridge at 1,100 feet. Soils are deep and well-drained giving the wine richness. Vines were 4 to 6 years old at harvest.

Winemaking:

100% barrel fermented in 95% French oak and 5% American oak barrels using Burgundian yeasts. Partial malolactic fermentation. Aged on the lees in the barrel for 10 months. This wine will age wonderfully for many years. 224 cases produced.