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Linden Vineyards

by Nannette Eaton on November 13, 2009

“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”  — Albert Einstein

Hardscrabble VineyardsHardscrabble Red 2006

The Linden Vineyards are located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.  It was a gloriously rainy autumn day when we ventured forth.  The vines were turning gold and auburn, and the grey gloom and whipping rains made the vineyard incredibly atmospheric.

The tastings are complementary.  Our pourer, Laurie, was terrific, fun, friendly and knowledgeable.  All of the six wines we had were fantastic.  They are restrained and elegant wines, beautifully crafted, what I like to refer to as “grown up” wines.  You need to purchase a few bottles to take home; it will haunt you if you don’t.

After the tasting we selected a bottle of the signature 2006 Hardscrabble Red ($39 USD for a full bottle, $22 for a half bottle) and Oak Spring Dairy’s artisanal cheddar and the Croftburn Farms beef summer sausage with a freshly baked baguette to enjoy on the deck, with a spectacular view of the vineyards.  Bliss.  I was ready to move in.  Wine Harlots will work for wine.

We went on a Wednesday, but as of December 1st, they will be only open on the weekends until spring.  But here’s the where the rules and exclusivity come in.  They don’t serve parties more than six, and limos and buses are forbidden, as they are striving to keep the zen serenity of the place.  In the same vein, on the weekends, the deck and grounds are now only available to members of the Linden Case Club, but tastings are available to all visitors.

Can’t wait to go back, it was a lovely relaxing experience.  And this time I’m taking wine for the road.  Wine regret is a tragic thing.