Tasting Notes for Vtdarush

(29 notes on 27 wines)

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Red
6/25/2022 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
94 points
Just drinking lovely right now. Resolved tannins but a bit of heat on the backend. Still have 3 more bottles and excited to see how it evens out over the next decade.
Red
11/25/2021 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
95 points
Perfectly integrated tannins with just a touch of sweetness coming from the edge. Decanted for 3 hours from a magnum.
Red
7/11/2020 - Vtdarush wrote:
92 points
Openned a magnum; still lots of freshness, fruit, and structure. Tannins are fairly well-integrated, and still has more years ahead of it.
Red
1/18/2020 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
97 points
An absolute powerhouse stunner; loads of structure and big fruit carry this wine through with a nice long finish. Certainly drinkable now, but bigger rewards await those with patience. Will revisit again in 2024.
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Red
1/25/2020 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
89 points
Even from a challenging year, this wine still has the body, structure, and acidity to carry it into the next several years. Fruit is still pronounced and nicely integrated with round tannins. Drink now through 2024.
Red
8/24/2019 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
94 points
Just delightful! Full bodied, beautiful purple black, silky well-integrated tannins. I need another case!
Red
7/27/2019 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
94 points
Two hour decant. Big black fruit immediately hits your mouth, matched with firm tannins that should ease down over the next few years. Loved it today, but am excited to see how it unfolds in five years.
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Red
5/26/2019 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
93 points
Very well integrated with fruit and structure still present. Silky smooth tannins, with a medium finish. Drink now.
Rosé
2016 Linden Rosé Virginia Rosé Blend (view label images)
1/29/2019 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
94 points
Luscious cantaloupe, honey suckle, and strawberry with a long finish. Absolutely delicious!
Red
1/29/2019 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
91 points
Absolutely lovely. Decanted for a couple of hours; the wine still offered good structure, delicious fruit, and a fairly long finish.
Red
1/29/2019 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
94 points
Wonderfully smooth with strong fruit still present.
Red
2011 RdV Vineyards Rendezvous Fauquier County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/24/2018 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
89 points
The body is medium/full with a round texture. The wine finishes medium. Not complicated, and worth drinking now.
Red
11/17/2018 - Vtdarush wrote:
85 points
Almost a metallic finish. Decanted for 3 hours. Still a good amount of fruit present.
Red
10/5/2018 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
95 points
Lovely energy with still big fruit on the palate; the finish, while incredible smooth with perfectly integrated tannins, is quite short, leaving you wanting more. Recommend decanting 3 hours.
Red
8/20/2018 - Vtdarush wrote:
90 points
Past its prime; drink now. Flavor is flat; no structure remaining.
Red
8/5/2018 - Vtdarush wrote:
84 points
Very light, and with a robust structure missing. Simple social wine, offering a lovely start, but short finish.
Red
7/12/2018 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
90 points
High tannins, but quite delicious.
Red
Beautiful deep purple in color, smooth throughout. Very drinkable now, but also suitable for aging. An excellent wine!
Red
7/8/2018 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
91 points
Good structure
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Red
7/8/2018 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
92 points
Full of big raspberry and stewed strawberry. Jammy flavor and absolutely smooth throughout
Red
2014 Linden Avenius Northern Virginia Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Style
This is an elegant "come-hither" wine that can be overlooked if one is not paying attention. There are layers of complexity that include various red fruits, and Indian spices, with cedar and balsamic, sappy aromas. There is core and density without any fat. A sinewy, fresh wine based on acidity more than tannins.

Vineyard
Avenius Vineyard (100%), Warren Co. is just 1 mile north of Linden Vineyards at 1,300 feet elevation with an eastern slope. Soils are primarily greenstone. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot were planted in 1998. Merlot was planted in 2007.

Vintage
Every growing season has its personality, and as average as 2014 was, there were three aspects that shaped the character of the wines.

A very long cold winter damaged some vines and delayed spring. A late start to spring can end up as a very late harvest. The fear was that late ripening varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot would run out of warmth come October. We were prepared to reduce our potential yields by removing a significant amount of the clusters in July. A smaller crop would ripen faster.

However, July was beautiful. Dry, warm weather slowed the vegetative growth of the vines. Instead of putting energy into producing more leaves, which will happen in a wet summer, the vines put their energy into ripening the grapes. We knew something good was to happen when veraison occurred sooner (and faster) than expected.

Spring and mid-summer lay the foundation of the vintage, but late August through mid-October determine the style, character and quality of the wines. The beginning of harvest started in early September. It was typical of the "cat and mouse" picking strategies that we are all now accustomed to. A few days of sunny delightful weather followed by showers characterized the start of harvest.

Mid-September to early October was our big break with very little rain and mild temperatures, although it remained somewhat cloudy. Ripening took its time with lower than average sugars and higher than average acids. Petit Verdot had good flavors and high acidity. Merlot was a bit stubborn. It refused to gain the flesh and fat that it is known for. Cabernet Sauvignon, which had very ripe skin tannins, supplied some length. However, its seeds were not fully developed, and the forecast was for significant rains beginning October 10. We picked a record amount of Cabernet and Petit Verdot before the rains and extracted gently (avoiding pulling out bitter components from the seeds).

2014 is “Old World” in style because of the cooler temperatures and cloudier days. The Avenius Red is lower alcohol with some bright acidity. This is a compelling style for the dinner table, but perhaps not for wine writer points.

Winemaking
Pressing took place after about 10 to 14 days, at dryness. The wine was aged in once-used French oak barrels for 20 months. Unfined. 62% Petit Verdot, 30% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. 75 cases produced. Drink now through 2024. 13.3% alc.
Red
2015 Linden Homage Northern Virginia Red Blend (view label images)
12/2/2017 - Vtdarush wrote:
68% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc
Red
Lots of fruit, with a smooth and uncomplicated structure throughout.
Red
10/27/2017 - Vtdarush Likes this wine:
91 points
Smooth consistent taste throughout; very smooth with little to no notable tannins. Very easy to drink without food, but compliments dinner wonderfully.

The wine appears a deep purple, and offers medium legs upon swirling. There is no sediment in the bottle, and the flavor is more on the full side of the spectrum. The wine has smooth texture, and finishes medium on the palate. The wine has low acidity.
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Red
8/27/2017 - Vtdarush wrote:
This vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot
2016 Silver VA Governor's Cup
2017 Silver Virginia Governor's Cup
Red
8/27/2017 - Vtdarush wrote:
The 2014 vintage is a blend of Merlot (50%), Petit Verdot (23%), Cabernet Franc (21%), and Malbec (6%).
Red
7/30/2017 - Vtdarush wrote:
This is a dark, rich, tannic, and intense wine that is 100% petit verdot. Harvested on October 21 from two one-hald acre blocks planted in 1997 and 2004. After a total of 20 months in barrel, the wine was bottled unfiltered in July 2015. Drink now through 2030.
Red
2013 Glen Manor Vineyards St. Ruth Shenandoah Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/22/2017 - Vtdarush wrote:
Season
2013 consisted of a troublesome growing season and a beautiful ripening and harvest season. The spring and early summer months were warm and wet resulting in the vines growing wildly and rapid. This, in turn, caused us to work long and rapidly just to keep up. But by mid-August and through October the rains ceased and the vines stopped growing and put their energies into ripening their fruit. There were no tropical systems in our area and we enjoyed many sunny and warm days and very cool crisp nights. Harvest began in late September and lasted through the middle of October.

Winemaking
The grapes were hand harvested and chilled overnight. A triple sorting, (at picking in the vineyard, and on the crush pad, pre and post destemming) was performed and the berries were destemmed without crushing. The whole berries filled small one-ton fermenters and then cold soaked for 4 days. Moved into the fermentation room, the bins were warmed to 60ºF and inoculated with yeast. Fermentation temperatures reached into the mid-80s and lasted about 7 to 10 days with two cap punch downs each day. ML fermentation began in the bins after primary fermentation was complete. After additional maceration time of from two to three weeks, the wine was pressed off, allowed to settle overnight and then racked into new and older French oak barrels where ML fermentation completed. The wines rested for five months before this blend was assembled during the summer of 2014. This wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined in July 2015.

Varietals
46% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot

Production
350 cases

Aging Potential
2015-2030
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Red
Opened Feb 26, 2018. Should let sit for another year. Revisit in February 2019.

Season
Following an extremely cold winter, spring was wet and cool and the first half of summer was wet and hot. In August, the rains stopped and we enjoyed a relatively dry and warm harvest with no tropical storms moving through our area. Harvest began in late September and lasted through the middle of October.

Winemaking
The grape clusters were hand-harvested in the cooler morning hours and then chilled in our large walk-in cooler for 24 hours. The next morning the clusters were sorted through to remove leaves or damaged berries and destemmed without crushing. Then a second sorting was performed to remove all stem fragments before entering the fermenter. After a 4 day cold soak, the crushed grapes were brought inside the winery, warmed and yeast was added. Fermentation lasted about 10 days with 2 daily cap punch downs. Malolactic cultures were added and the grapes continued to macerate before pressing. After a day of settling, the wine was put into barrel for aging. Bottled in August 2016.

Varietals
100% Cabernet Franc

Production
275 cases

Aging Potential
2016 – 2025
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