2001 Avenius Blanc

Aromas:

Stony minerality; light, toasty hazelnut with green apple, some citrus/pineapple and sage notes.

Palate:

Gooseberry and citrus zest; gun flint, very dry and bracing, with a bright acidity and grip; long finish.

Food Pairings:

Fresh goat cheese, white fish, mussels, oysters.

Vineyard:

Avenius Vineyard is owned and operated by Shari Avenius who is also part of the Linden Vineyards staff. It is located on the Blue Ridge one half mile north of Linden Vineyards at an elevation of 1,300 feet on a steep northeast facing slope. Soils are well drained rocky greenstone and shale. These 5 year old vines are trained on the French lyre trellising system.

Vintage:

The quality of the growing season was as close to perfect as we could ask for. A typical Virginia summer…enough rain when we needed it; hot, but cool at night. Fall was spectacular with almost no rain and warm sunny days and cool nights. Harvest September 30, 2001. Unfortunately, Avenius Vineyard suffered from poor fruit set and yields were under one half ton per acre.

Winemaking:

Whole cluster pressing. The wine was barrel fermented in neutral french oak at 55°F and aged sur lie. 33 cases were bottled in August, 2002.