2008 Petit Verdot
Exotic Indian spices, black currant, lavender and dried herbs.
Concentrated cherry extract, savory herbs and a pungent, bright acidity.
Spiced grilled meats, Southern barbecue and smoked meats.
Hardscrabble Vineyard (80%), 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 cherry character and good tannin structure. Vine ages from 3 to 20 years.
The 2008 growing season at Linden Vineyards was one of great challenges and windows of opportunities. As winegrowers, we had to often reflect on past experiences to pull off what has turned out to be a good year in terms of overall quality.
We hand sort before destemming and then again afterwards to remove pink berries and stem pieces. Fermentation begins naturally in small one ton fermentors. We punch down by hand once or twice per day. Pressing takes place after about 7 to 10 days, usually at dryness. The wine was aged in new and old (neutral) oak barrels and puncheons (French, Hungarian and some Virginia) for 18 months. 78% Petit Verdot, 12% Carmenère;, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 326 cases produced. Drink now through 2017.