Citrus and lime zest, kiwi, dried pineapple and honeydew melon rind.
Dry and light bodied with refreshing lemon acidity.
Cold smoked fish, fresh goat cheese
Hardscrabble Vineyard (2.0 acres of Seyval) on the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 1200 feet keeps temperatures cool and preserves crisp, clean fruit aromas. Well drained shale and silt clay loam. Vineyard trained to both Lyre and VSP. Yields were 4 tons per acre. Vine ages 20 and 25 years.
Early summer was wetter than normal, but each month progressively became hotter and drier. Most of August was a drought, putting a much needed halt to vine vegetative growth. Very late August through most of September alternated between 2 or 3 days of rain and 4 or 5 days of sunny, warm conditions. In the vineyard, because of the wetter than normal conditions, canopy and cover crop management required much precision and labor. Leaf pulling severity was much more extreme than 2007. Harvest was September 1 and 3, 2009.
Grapes are hand sorted before crushing and pressing. Cold fermentation preserves the freshness of the grape. No oak is used. Seyval is bottled in the winter and is ready to drink by summer. It is best when consumed within two to three years of bottling when it is fresh and lively. 533 cases produced. Drink now through 2012.