Linden Update | August 2019
Linden Update | July 2019
Last week’s heat wave accelerated ripening. Harvest will start very soon, but the peak of activity is still many weeks away. This is why September’s weather is so critical in determining the overall quality and style of the vintage. All we ask for is cool, dry and no hurricanes.
Grapes into Wine
Follow the 2019 Harvest
Linden will be closed October 11, 12, and 13
Linden Update | June 2019
Late July brings a shift to the vineyard and to the cellar.
Patience Rewards: Bottle Evolution Seminars August 18 & 25 — Sold out
Wines constantly evolve during aging in the cellar and in the bottle. Bottled wines gain complexity and integration with time. So what does that mean? There is only one way to find out.
Linden Update | May 2019
Vintage 2019 is progressing well. The first milestone of a vintage’s success is flowering. This year’s flowering was early (late May through the first week in June). Conditions were ideal with warm, sunny, dry days.
2018’s planting struggled to get going this spring. Some vines did not make it through the winter, as they were too weak after the unforgiving rains and lack of sun last year. The planting is looking healthier now.
Linden Update | April 2019
Spring is unfolding nicely. Budbreak was right on time. No frost, and enough (but not too much) rain. Wonderfully normal with no surprises, just what we farmers hope for.
Fortunately, this spring’s excitement is contained to the tasting room. Three new, distinct wines have just been released.
2018 Rosé | Silver Lining
2017 Village Chardonnay | Youthful Exuberance
2017 Avenius Sauvignon Blanc | Patience Rewards
Linden Update | February 2019
Spring is late this year.
Chardonnay, being our most precocious variety, is the indicator of spring’s progression. No sign of bud swell.
Vintage 2018 was difficult.
Linden is now open Fridays.
Evolution Seminar with Jim Law | April 14
Jim Law will present older library vintages along with some yet to be released wines.
Three years ago I started writing about the decision to remove and replant the vines growing on one of Hardscrabble’s best vineyard sites.
Special Cellar Tastings | 2019 #2
For those interested in adding more depth to their wine knowledge, Linden’s current cellar tasting is a classic.
Linden Update | January 2019
Ready to get going
This winter has been uneventful, laidback, and kind of boring. Just how we like it. Vintage 2018 took a lot out of us and extra time was needed for a proper recovery. We are now ready to get going. We are giving you lots of reasons to visit.
2017 Riesling released
Linden Evolution Seminars expand
Second Special Cellar Tastings of 2019
Jim Law at Field & Main Restaurant
Linden Update | November 2018
Snow is magical and we love it at Linden.
Linden will recommence a series of in-depth seminars that focus on our thirty years of winegrowing. Reservations can only be made on Linden’s website. (No phone reservations accepted.)
In order to make your weekend planning easier, reservations can now be secured online for Linden’s Saturday Special Cellar Tastings. Walk-ins are also welcome if space permits.
Linden Wine Dinner | The Blue Door Kitchen and Inn
We are thrilled to have a restaurant of such caliber so close to Linden.
Linden Update | October 2018
Free Form December
Winter slows the pace at Linden. After an intense and often stressful harvest season, we can now take time to get re-acquainted with our past vintages. For the last several years we have enjoyed sharing this process with all of you.
The trials and tribulations of the 2018 growing season have consumed my attention, so it has been a while since I’ve written about Linden’s Terroir Project.
Linden Update | August 2018
Vintage 2018 finished last week with the harvest of Petit Manseng. While it was a difficult year, I’m very confident about the decisions that were made and the wines that will be bottled. As winegrowers we know that there is no alternative to the hand that we are dealt.
Linden Update | June 2018
This has been the wettest growing season I have ever experienced.
The New Website
For those of you who have an interest in following the progression of the 2018 vintage, I have been faithfully posting weekly updates in Hardscrabble Journal on Linden’s new web site.
Linden Update | May 2018
The vines are exhibiting a high degree of resilience through all this gloomy rain. We growers take note and try to follow suit.
Linden Update | April 2018
Finally, the First Flush of Green
This spring has given the vines a very good start to vintage 2018. Very late in starting, there has been no time wasted in trying to catch up.
Linden Update | February 2018
I’ve been delaying updating you about Linden’s spring vineyard activities. Best to wait for spring weather to arrive. I haven’t yet given up on spring 2018, they say it will arrive later this week, so with great optimism here we go!
Linden Update | January 2018
Winter of 2018
The winter of 2018 started with worrisome volatile temperature swings reminiscent of recent Dow Jones activity. However the past few weeks have settled down to a typical, but dreary mid-winter normal.
Linden Update | December 2017
Frigid Farmer’s Worries | Winter Tastings | Wine Dinners
Our farmer’s worries have started early this vintage as we watch the mercury drop. Temperatures below zero can damage vines. But it is complicated. Long story short, we should be OK with this current bout of arctic air.
Linden Update | November 2017
“Free Form” December Tastings at Linden
Last December we introduced a different kind of tasting format. We call it Free Form. Each weekend the tastings will vary and will include pre-releases and older vintages.
Linden Update | September 2017
It was a Very Good Year | Terroir Project | Free Form December | 6th Annual Linden & RdV Wine Dinner
2017 will be our benchmark vintage for decades to come. This is one of the rare years where both whites and reds were harvested with high expectations.
Linden Update | August 2017
Vintage 2017 Progress Report
It has been a well-paced harvest so far at Linden Vineyards. Most of the white varieties are “in the barn”, perking along. Fruity, yeasty aromas waft up to the tasting room.
Linden Update | July 2017
The Vines | Terroir Project
After a very dry June and July our vines were in need of a good rain. An inch or two would have been great, but in just a few hours on August 11 we received 3.5 inches. This ended the drought and refreshed our stressed young vines.
Classic Mid-Atlantic Summer
Most of you live in the area and have been experiencing our classic Mid-Atlantic summer. You may wonder how the vines are doing with the heat, humidity and lack of rain. The short answer is “fine”. The longer version is “it depends”.