2002 Petit Verdot

Aromas:

Violets and rose petals, red currant, and red raspberry jam. Black licorice, bread dough, pungent fresh basil and pencil shavings.

Palate:

Sweet red fruit and whole black peppers. Medium bodied. Finishes with bright acidity and sweet tannins.

Food Pairings:

Delicate meat dishes, stews or potatoes roasted with rosemary. Because of its acidity this Petit Verdot can pair well with Asian or South American seasonings.

Vineyard:

Glen Manor Vineyard (50%), 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 and soft texture. The vines are 8 years old and trained on the Geneva Double Curtain system. Avenius Vineyard (50%), Warren Co. is just 1 mile north of Linden Vineyards at 1,300 feet on an eastern slope contributes pungent aromatics, good acidity and verve. Vine age is 6 years. Vines are trained on Geneva Double Curtain.

Vintage:

A hot, dry summer and early fall gave way to cool, rainy conditions in October. The red wine grapes had good ripeness, but lacks some concentration because of the rain. Harvest was October 15 and 17, 2002.

Winemaking:

Native yeast, warm fermentation and early pressing give the wine its pretty aromatics and supple texture. Aged in older American and French oak barrels for 22 months. 100% Petit Verdot. Unfined and unfiltered. 346 cases produced.