2002 Avenius Chardonnay

Aromas:

Pear, mown hay, almond, vanilla & gun flint.

Palate:

Honey dew melon with a silky entry, then grassy & zesty finishing with mouthwatering acidity.

Food Pairings:

Rich, grilled fish and simply prepared shellfish.

Vineyard:

Avenius Vineyard is owned and operated by Shari Avenius, who is also Linden Vineyard’s director. 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. The vines were planted in 1996 and are trained on the French lyre trellising system.

Vintage:

A hot, very dry summer. The Chardonnay was harvested under ideal conditions, much like the 2001 vintage. The wines has wonderful mineral, fresh aromas and focused acidity. It should have a long life. Harvest date was September 17, 2002.

Winemaking:

The chilled grapes were sorted, pressed, juice settled and then barrel fermented in older French oak. No malolactic. Aged sur lie in barrel for 10 months. 121 cases produced.