Different Vintage, Same Results
I’ve raved about Linden Vineyards Hardscrabble Chardonnay on the blog before. So it should come as no surprise that the 2007 Linden Hardscrabble Chardonnay follows in the footsteps of it’s older siblings. For those new to Linden Vineyards, the 5000 case winery and vineyard is located in Linden, Virginia. Having achieved near cult-like status, Linden Vineyards consistently produces outstanding wines with character, complexity and balance, no matter the vintage.
On the higher end of the price scale (at least for Virginia Chardonnay), the Hardscrabble retails for $28. The 2008 is now available, but the 2007 can still be found in wine stores and for purchase at the winery. I’ve been vocal with my disdain for Chardonnay in the past, especially from Virginia. But of course, there are exceptions, as Jim Law proves each year. Displaying a beautiful gold color in glass, aromas of fresh melon, vanilla and minerality greet the nose. On the palate, grapefruit, lemon and wet stone. A wonderfully textured and balanced wine.
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