2002 Hardscrabble Chardonnay


Palate

Medium bodied, sappy concentration with a bright flinty acidity and good verve and a slightly drying toasty finish.

Aromas

Under ripe pear, stone dust, nutmeg, orange spice, and lemon zest.

Food Pairings

Rich fish (salmon or swordfish) roasted chicken with lemon thyme.

Vineyard

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.

Vintage

An easy growing season: hot, sunny and dry. This gave us an extremely early harvest. Harvest date was September 15, 2002.

Winemaking

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


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