Linden Hardscrabble Red 2017


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Alcohol: 13.8%

Grape(s): 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc

Localization: Virginia, USA

Tasting Notes: Greatly structured with a long finish and notes of dark berries.

Notes: Aged 21 months in 60% new French oak and the remainder in slightly used barrels. 

Food Pairing: Braised meats (lamb shanks), duck breast, wild mushroom pasta.

The Domain: Our job as winegrowers is to express the forces of earth, weather, and vine in the glass. We farm three distinct vineyard sites with the goal of patiently unveiling their individual personalities. Agriculture as art. Our cellar practices are simple and traditional so as to allow the vineyard to speak. Linden’s wines are restrained, intuitive, and harmonious. This is also who we are.

One of Virginia’s premier wineries, Linden Vineyards is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, 60 miles west of Washington DC. The entire wine production of 4,000 cases comes exclusively from three distinct vineyard sites. Linden is best known for single-vineyard bottlings of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Bordeaux variety red blends.

The land that was to become Linden Vineyards was a long-abandoned apple orchard. Jim Law and his family purchased the 76 acres in 1983 after several years of looking for vineyard land with high elevations and east-facing slopes. After clearing trees, they planted the first eight acres in 1985. The original vines were mostly grafted and propagated in-house from budwood obtained from the few local vineyards in the surrounding area. The first planting consisted of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Vidal, and Seyval. Heirloom apples and blueberries were also planted for a pick-your-own operation that was eventually phased out in the early 2000s. The winery building was finished in time for the harvest of 1987, Linden’s first commercial vintage.

All the grapes used for wines produced at Linden Vineyards are grown on three sites.

Hardscrabble Vineyard

Hardscrabble is the estate vineyard of twenty acres surrounding the winery building. It includes some of the original vines planted in 1985.

Avenius Vineyard

Avenius Vineyard is located just one mile north of the winery on a high ridge. This cool site was planted in 1996.

Boisseau Vineyard

Boisseau Vineyard is six miles west of the winery in the town of Front Royal. It is a warmer site situated on a west-facing bluff overlooking the Shenandoah Valley.