2003 Chardonnay


Palate

Red Delicious apple, nutmeg and wet stones with a clean lively finish.

Aromas

Fresh figs, hazelnut, sweet cream & roasted almonds.

Food Pairings

Enjoy with roast chicken, salmon and summer vegetables.

Vineyard

Glen Manor Vineyard (40%), 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. The vines are 8 years old and trained on the French lyre system.

Hardscrabble Vineyard (33%), Fauquier Co. on top of the Blue Ridge at 1,300 to 1,400 feet with an eastern to southern slope. Deep, well drained mineral soils give acidity and good structure. Vine ages from 11 to 19 years.

Boisseau Vineyard (27%), Warren Co., located on a bluff above Front Royal in the Shenandoah Valley at an elevation of 600 feet. The vineyard is west facing on light, deep, well drained loam soils. The vines are 4 years old and trained on cordon/VSP trellising.

Vintage

A very difficult season with cool wet conditions persisting through to harvest. The yields were greatly reduced by judicious thinning as it became apparent that the crop would have difficulty ripening. The chardonnay was harvested between September 30 and October 20, 2003.

Winemaking

Barrel fermented in older French oak. Malolactic fermentation completed. Aged sur lie in barrel for 10 months. 308 cases produced.