2002 Late Harvest
Apricot, crème brûlée, spiced orange, sweet cream, toast, & vanilla.
Lush, textured, smokey and sweet maple syrup (12% residual sugar).
Rich, decadent main courses such as foie gras or desserts that feature fruits — especially apricots, peaches, pears or dried fruits. Very ripe triple cream cheeses.
Hardscrabble Vineyard (100%), Fauquier County, on top of the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 1300 feet on a northeastern slope. Deep, well-drained granitic soils . Own rooted Vidal vines are 18 years old (planted in 1985).
2002 was a hot, dry growing season that gave way to cool rains in the second week of October. Grapes had lower acidity than normal with a slight sun burnt influence. Harvest date was November 24, 2002.
100% Vidal , the grapes are frozen and pressed while frozen. Only the first thawed juice is used (AKA icewine). The blend ferments slowly in French and Virginia oak barrels and is stopped by chilling to retain fruit and sweetness. This wine becomes more honeyed and spicier with age. Bottled in August 2003. 108 cases (375 ml) produced.