4/05/2011

Quick Sip: Linden Vineyards 2005 Petit Verdot


Hello Friends,

This week’s ‘Quick Sip’ is the Linden Vineyard’s 2005 Petit Verdot. Linden Vineyards is located in Linden, Virginia, and specializes in single-vineyard red Bordeaux-style blends. Linden Vineyards also produces some of the state’s finest examples of Sauvignon Blanc, Seyval Blanc, and expressive Chardonnay wines. Linden Vineyards is owned and operated by winegrower Jim Law. Jim is one of Virginia’s most well-respected winegrowers (grape-grower and winemaker), and his wines are some of the most highly-regarded in the state. That said, Linden rarely advertises, uses no social media, does not attend festivals, does not enter competitions, allows no buses, limousines, or large groups, and to enjoy some of the niceties of the beautiful property, you have to become a case-club member. Some people would look at the previous sentence and ask how they built their good name and reputation? Four words: “High quality Virginia wine” - and they produce those wines on a consistent basis. To play devil’s advocate in regards to the rules, how many times have you driven over an hour to your favorite winery to be rushed through your tasting because the tasting bar was crowded, you were unable to find a seat, or you were disturbed by rowdy or loud crowds? I think the “Linden rules” are put in place to ensure you can enjoy a glass of wine in a relaxing, unhurried atmosphere. Okay, enough of my rambling, let’s jump into the wine.

Linden Vineyards 2005 Petit Verdot


The Linden 2005 Petit Verdot is comprised of 82% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass, the Linden 2005 Petit Verdot displays a translucent medium ruby color with vibrant red fruit and earthy aromas mixed with dried berries and shy scents of dill and thyme. The palate is medium-bodied, smooth, and savory, with restrained red fruits, soft tannins, good acidity, and a pleasant lingering finish. For a Petit Verdot, this wine is much lighter and brighter than I would expect. However, I have become accustomed to Linden wines, which are generally Old World in style, restrained, and fairly bright. Overall, this is a well-balanced wine with moderate complexity and good food-friendly acidity. Over the years, I have found that Linden wines, in particular the Chardonnay wines and the red Bordeaux-style blends, age well in the bottle, so don’t fret about purchasing one - you will likely be rewarded. The Linden 2005 Petit Verdot clocks in at 13.8% ABV, has a real cork enclosure, and sold for $28. With the seasonal  warmth of spring upon us, consider making a date with Linden Vineyards and enjoying fine wine, picturesque views, and light local fare. TIP: Before plannaing a visit, click here and review Linden's tasting and touring information. 

Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned ...more to come!

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