2001 Cabernet Franc

Aromas:

Cherrywood, smoky cedar, red currant, cinnamon, and grilled portabella mushrooms.

Palate:

Medium to full bodied with overtones of sweet ripe cherry and cassis ending quite lively with good acidity.

Food Pairings:

With food the wine takes on a round, chocolatey sweetness. It compliments herb roasted chicken, jazzy pizza, or a summer medley grill.

Vineyard:

Hardscrabble (66%), Fauquier County on top of the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 1,300 to 1,400 feet with an eastern to southern slope. Well drained, granitic mineral soils give cherry character and good structure. Vine ages from 11 to 18 years. Glen Manor Vineyard (34%), 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 of the French lyre system.

Vintage:

A cool and dry summer continued through the fall. Grapes were picked over a long period of time, block by block. Harvest was between October 17 and 31.

Winemaking:

Whole berry fermentation and early pressing gives the wine its pretty aromatics and supple texture. Aged in 50% American oak, 50% French oak for 14 months. 85% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. 279 cased produced.