I could easily start this post off with one more reason to visit Linden Vineyards in Virginia. I’ve reviewed more wines from Linden than any other winery on this site. In case you need a primer, be sure to read more about Linden Vineyards here. I could tell you about their great winemaker Jim Law. Or how consistent his wines are year after year. But instead, I’ll encourage you to visit, drink and enjoy one of Virginia’s best pours.
Considered to be the “value red” on the tasting sheet, the Linden Vineyards 2008 Claret retails for $21. Aged in older French, American and Hungarian oak for 9 months, the Claret is a blend of 38% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc and 12% Petit Verdot. 522 cases produced.
Black cherry, rosemary and vanilla on the nose. On the palate, layers of dark fruit blend with notes of tobacco, cedar, tobacco and dark chocolate. An earthy, medium-bodied wine that is consistently delicious.
Wines with a sense of place. Balanced, focused and complex, the DNA that makes up Linden Vineyards. Cheers!
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5 thoughts on “Linden Vineyards 2008 Claret”
I was there on a rainy fall day with the vines turning gold and red.
It was amazing, as was the wine.
Huge fan of Linden! Enormous care taken in viticulture and winemaking – I was with his winter pruning crew that was working in freezing weather, just amazing dedication. Some of his Chardonnays are not only age-worthy, steely and precise, but probably as good as any produced in the US.
Thanks for stopping by. You could say it was “love at first sip” with Linden. Jim Law has set the precedent high for Virginia wine and continues to produce focused, balanced and age-worthy wines, vintage after vintage. Would love to know more about your time at Linden. As for his Chardonnays, I agree, I’d easily put them against the best in the US. Cheers!
Any favorites from your trip? Jim has always focused on the grape, which for a wine lover like myself, is much, much appreciated. Cheers!