2002 Hardscrabble Chardonnay
Under ripe pear, stone dust, nutmeg, orange spice, and lemon zest.
Medium bodied, sappy concentration with a bright flinty acidity and good verve and a slightly drying toasty finish.
Rich fish (salmon or swordfish) roasted chicken with lemon thyme.
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 12 to 18 years.
An easy growing season: hot, sunny and dry. This gave us an extremely early harvest. Harvest date was September 15, 2002.
Grapes were sorted and 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 barrels. Aged on lees for 10 months with minimal stirring. Bottled in August 2003. 124 cases produced.