2000 Late Harvest


Palate

Lush, tangy and very sweet (15% residual sugar).

Aromas

Pear, sweet cream & vanilla.

Food Pairings

Rich, decadent main courses, such as foie gras or desserts that feature fruits — especially apricots, peaches, pears or dried fruits. Triple cream cheeses.

Vineyard

Hardscrabble Vineyard (100%), Fauquier County, on top of the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 1300 feet on an eastern slope. Deep, well-drained volcanic origin soils. Vine age is 4 to 16 years. Harvest date was November 14, 2000.

Vintage

Cool, wet summer. Fall finally gave way to sun 6 weeks before harvest.

Winemaking

100% Vidal, the grapes are frozen and then pressed. Only the first thawed juice is used (AKA icewine). The juice ferments slowly in new Virginia oak barrels and is stopped by chilling to retain fruit and sweetness. This wine becomes more honeyed and spicier with age. 311 cases (375 ml) produced.