2001 Hardscrabble Chardonnay
Pear tart, dried leaves, cinnamon toast with a fresh citrus finish.
Granny Smith apple, honeysuckle, gunflint, and lemon balm.
Rich fish (salmon), white meats, mushrooms, root vegetables.
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 dry summer gave way to much cooler, but still dry conditions in September and October. Harvest date was October 1, 2001.
Grapes were lightly crushed into the press. Only free run juice from two distinct vineyard blocks were used. Barrel fermented in one to four year old french oak. Aged on lees for 10 months with occasional stirring. Bottled in August 2002. 336 cases produced.