7/16/2006

Linden Vineyards

On Saturday we decided to visit Linden Vineyards in Linden, Virginia. We have heard so many great things about the winery and wines produced there from people we've met along our travels, that it was time to make the trip. We were trying to make it to the special cellar tasting, but traffic (imagine that) on Interstate 66 West hindered our efforts. The cellar tasting is for a fee and consists of an expanded wine list that includes Linden’s 2004 and 2005 Avenius Sauvignon Blanc, 2- 2001 Red blends and a 2003 and 2004 Late Harvest wine. We did however do a complimentary tasting which consisted of Linden’s 2005 Sauvignon Blanc, 2003 Chardonnay, 2002 Claret, 2004 Cabernet Franc and 2005 Vidal Riesling. Everything on the list was exceptional and our tasting associate was very informative in telling us about Linden’s philosophy on winemaking and about the wines we would be tasting.

Linden Vineyard tasting room

Below is a short video taken of our trip to Linden Vineyards. Click on the play button to initiate video.
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After our tasting, we decided to enjoy a glass of wine while conversing on the deck and taking in the lovely view. Niki selected the 2003 Chardonnay which displayed good fruit and a full mouth feel, complimented by toasted and buttery notes. After reading the tasting notes on the Cellar Tasting list Dezel selected the 2005 Avenius Sauvignon Blanc. Being fond of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc this example was in step with what I have tasted from the Marlborough region and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This wine displayed good acidity, great fruit and pleasant berry and New Zealand’s own kiwi aromas.


Deck view from Linden, beautiful right ?

We enjoyed the scenery and stunning views while conversing on the gorgeous outdoor deck. We will be visiting Linden again for their Vineyard and Cellar tour and the Cellar Tasting. Check their web site as these events are held at specific times on Saturday and Sunday. We will be certain to post a follow up when we revisit Linden.

And yet another nice view via the covered deck

In closing, if you have not visited Linden, we strongly urge you to do so in the near future. Linden Vineyards produce fine examples of quality wine here in Virginia, and the beauteous views will only enhance and compliment your experience.

Happy Sipping!


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