2000 Hardscrabble Chardonnay
Ripe melon, honeysuckle, mineral, and vanilla.
Creamy apple, textured, with a long finish.
Rich fish like salmon, or earthy foods like risotto with mushrooms and roast chicken with polenta.
Hardscrabble is Linden’s estate vineyard (100%), Fauquier County on top of the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 1,350 feet on a south and east slope. Deep, well drained, volcanic origin, greenstone based soils. Vine age is between 11 and 16 years.
Cool, wet summer. Fall finally gave way to abundant sun in the final weeks before harvest. The harvest was in early October 2000. Grapes were ripe to overripe with good botrytis influence.
100% barrel fermented in one to five year old French oak from small Burgundian coopers. Full malolactic fermentation. Aged on the lees in the barrel for seven months. Bottled August 2001. This Chardonnay will age wonderfully for three to six years. 345 cases produced.