In the vineyard: Pruning is underway. For the next month this will be our main vineyard task. We start with older vines and then move to recently planted vineyards. The recent very cold weather has us concerned about trunk damage in the young vines. The March 14 snow was a non-event, but cold temperatures afterwards could be a problem. We won’t really understand the extent of any damage until May when the new shoots start to develop (or not).
In the cellar: 2016 Red blending trials and evaluations began on January 2, 2017, but we have taken a break as some of the wines are slow to develop. The Avenius Reds were absolutely regal. We are very excited about the reds this vintage. Possibly the best ever…… 2016 Rose was just bottled and will be released released in April once spring truly settles in. We are taking advantage of the nasty weather and bottling Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling this week.
In the Tasting Room: Our tastings are open to all visitors. Linden’s March hours are from 11:00 to 5:00 Saturdays and Sundays only. There is a $7.00 tasting fee (no charge for case club members and their guests). We are currently tasting: Chardonnay 2015, Boisseau Viognier 2015, Riesling Vidal 2015, Claret 2014, and Petit Verdot 2013. Additionally, in-depth Cellar Tastings are held at noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. You can reserve a place when you arrive. The cost is $25.00. In the cellar we are tasting: Boisseau Chardonnay 2015 and 2014; Avenius and Hardscrabble Reds 2013; Late Harvest Vidal 2009 and Late Harvest Petit Manseng 2010.
Linden’s in-depth vineyard and cellar tours are at 11:30 on Saturdays and Sundays. No reservations are necessary and there is no charge for the tour. For more detailed information about visiting Linden, look under ‘Your Visit’. We cannot accept groups larger than four at Linden.
Of Special Interest:
Several Linden Wine Dinners are scheduled for this spring. Please contact the restaurant for details and reservations.
Monday, March 20
Field and Main
Friday, April 7
Glen Gordon Manor