2001 Hardscrabble Red
[tasted December 2016: reduced red fruit and forest floor on nose. Very composed and restrained with acidity providing length. Drink now. (JL)]
Ripe sweet cherries, rose petals, slight oak & rich compost.
A supple entry with sappy eucalyptus & mineral flavors, tightly wrapped structure with a long finish.
Grilled meats, Daube, and rich cheeses.
Hardscrabble Vineyard (100%), Fauquier Co. on top of the Blue Ridge at 1,300 to 1,400 feet with an eastern to southern slope. Deep, well drained rocky, mineral soils give depth, structure and length. Vine ages from 11 to 17 years.
An ideal growing season: a hot dry summer gave way to much cooler, but still dry conditions in September and October. Harvest dates between October 17 and 31, 2001.
Excellent cool, sunny ripening conditions, and older vineyard blocks. Minimal crushing; cold soak for several days before fermentation. Fermented warm (85°+ F) for 10 days. Pressed just before dryness. Only free run wine used. Aged in both new and old French and American oak for 19 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in November 2002. 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc. 165 cases produced.