2000 Red

Aromas:

Cherry, autumn leaves and smoke

Palate:

Fresh and lively with a slightly toasty finish.

Food Pairings:

Great with pork, veal, lentils and dishes seasoned with thyme, rosemary or bay leaves. It also compliments herb roasted chicken, jazzy pizza, or a summer medley.

Vineyard:

Hardscrabble Vineyard (65%), 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 10 to 16 years. Glen Manor Vineyard (30%), 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 6 years old and trained on the French lyre trellising system. Avenius Vineyards (5%), Warren County, just one half mile north of Linden Vineyards, at 1,300 feet, contributes good acidity and verve. Vine age is 4 years.

Vintage:

A cool, wet summer finally gave way to sunny dry conditions in September and October. Harvest dates between October 17 and 29, 2000.

Winemaking:

Whole berry fermentation and early pressing gives the wine its pretty aromatics and supple texture. Aged in 90% American oak, 10% French oak for 9 months. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. 778 cases produced.