2001 Avenius Blanc


Palate

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

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.