I've been drinking his wines for almost a decade now, and they are very special. Right about now his earliest plantings are coming into a beautiful maturity, and this-- combined with great winemaking-- translates to complexity in the glass. The newer plantings went in at much higher density; it will be exciting to see how this plays out in the glass.
His Hardscrabble chardonnay is full of depth and richness and drinks like a white Burgundy; his Hardscrabble red is stunning when you have it at the right age-- a few months ago I opened up an '06 and it blew me away.
More recently, I had this 2010 Claret which blends fruit from three of his vineyards: Hardscrabble, Avenius, and Boisseau.
The blend is:
31% Cabernet Sauvignon
15% Petit Verdot
8% Cabernet Franc
2010 was an unusually great vintage in Virginia (especially for reds), lauded by every winemaker I've had a chance to meet with.
The single vineyard bottlings from Linden come in at almost twice the price as this Claret, and if the quality of this wine is any indication of what the single vineyard sites might be like, I cannot wait to be amazed by them.
Something very special is happening at this Virginia winery!