Cherry, autumn leaves and smoke
Fresh and lively with a slightly toasty finish.
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.
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.
A cool, wet summer finally gave way to sunny dry conditions in September and October. Harvest dates between October 17 and 29, 2000.
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.