2001 Chardonnay


Palate

Generous, ripe melon flavors that end in a crisp toasty finish.

Aromas

Honeysuckle, ripe apple, and hints of citrus and vanilla.

Food Pairings

Complements a roast chicken or Cornish hen with almonds, also root vegetables baked in clay.

Vineyard

Hardscrabble Vineyard (55%), Fauquier Co. on top of the Blue Ridge at 1,300 to 1,400 feet with an eastern to southern slope. Deep, well drained mineral soils give acidity and good structure. Vine ages from 10 to 17 years.

Glen Manor Vineyard (45%), Warren Co. 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 7 years old and trained on the French lyre system.

Vintage

A hot dry summer gave way to cooler, but still dry conditions in September and October. Harvest dates between September 27 and October 1, 2001.

Winemaking

Barrel fermented in mostly older french oak. Malolactic fermentation completed. Aged sur lie in barrel for 10 months. 178 cases produced.