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2012 Nevaeh White

2012 Nevaeh White

Wow, does this ever tell the story of Nevaeh and 2012 in a bottle.  Simply our most fascinating and age worthy Nevaeh White to date.

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About This Wine:
The 2012 Nevaeh White will always be noted for its crunchy acidity, abundant minerality and vibrant fruit.  The wine was made the same as all other past vintages but you can really start to get the idea of the cool vintage and the Limestone deposits that influence the wine.  Our flagship white wine from our Estate vineyard has never been more exciting.
Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2012
Varietal Composition:
62% Chardonnay
38% Viognier
Harvest Date: September 13-27, 2012
Sugar: 23.2 avg brix
Acid: 6.81 g/l
PH: 3.44
Aging: Jupilles Frecnh oak - 10 months
Barrel Aging:
10 months
25% Neutral Jupilles forest French oak
25% New Jupilles French oak
25% second use Jupilles french oak
25% Third use Jupilles French oak
Ageability: 2017-2022
Fermentation: barrel - indigenous yeast
Bottling Date: August 23, 2013
Residual Sugar: 0
Alcohol %: 13
Tasting Notes:

What a wild expression of Nevaeh Vineyard and the 2012 vintage. It has the ripe flavor profile of a long growing season with the crisp acidity of the cool year of 2012. A wine of fine balance. Intense aromatics or pineapple, ginger and persimmon. The palate is fresh and abundant with loads of fruit, some floral notes and ginger spice all held together with a youthful acidity leading to a long drawn out finish. One of our Nevaehs that would be great in the cellar.

Vineyard Notes:

This Chardonnay is sourced from the Hill Block of our estate Nevaeh Vineyard. The Hill Block of Nevaeh vineyard is a south facing slope that creates most of Tarara’s richest fruit. The soils are deeper and there is better air movement coming from the closer proximity to the Potomac River. This helps the fruit enjoy a longer potential hang time in Loudoun’s warmer fall evenings. There are several limestone deposits that cut through the Hill block because of its close proximity to the river. The fruit from the Hill tends to be well structured and more complex showing a great combination of bright berry fruit and minerality. The Viognier comes from the Pond Block which is the coolest site in the Nevaeh Vineyard which is great for preserving aromatics and acidity in certain varietals like Viognier. It too has many limestone deposits closest to the river valley. The wines tend to be fresher, more aromatics with citrus and floral notes. Harvest Conditions: The 2012 is said to be one of winemaker Jordan Harris’ favorite vintages to date. While some vineyard around the state did suffer from a little too much rain at harvest, many of the sites that Tarara works with really got away lucky. Nevaeh in particular with the small rain shadow of the Catoctins and the weather patterns that follow the Potomac really meant that Nevaeh didn’t receive any rain through the 2012 harvest season. It only benefited from the slightly lower resulting temperatures of nearby rains and the lack of humidity. In the end the 2012 season was about having some of the best balanced wines we have seen to date. The season started very early with an almost alarmingly warm and early spring causing bud-break in late March. It stayed warm so there were no significant frost issues that we were worried about. After that the summer never really heated up too much with the exception of the last two weeks of July and the first week of August. All together that put the harvest back on normal schedule which was superb since a worry had to harvest in the heat of the summer. The prolonged and generally mild season resulted in vibrant acidity, massive flavor concentration, moderate alcohol and beautifully ripe tannins. An overall very well balanced year unlike any we have seen in a long time.

Production Notes:

The Nevaeh White was fermented on indigenous yeast in barrel with a max temperature around 74 degrees F. The wine was left on its fine lees with bi-weekly batonage. The wine spent 10 months in barrel before being blended and filtered.

Food Pairing:

The intense fruit and ripping acidity of the wine call for a food with exotic character and bright acidity, but also delicate structure. Think crispy skin seared Rockfish in a ginger, meyer lemon and lemon grass broth with sesame oil marinated julienned cucumber.


325 cases






Wine Enthusiast Rating
Wine Enthusiast has given Tarara's 2012 Cabernet Franc a rating of 88 points (review here), making it one of the top three Wine Enthusiast-rated Cabernet Francs ever from Virginia! And one of those other top three was our 2010 Cabernet Franc (90 points WE), giving us two out of three of the highest rated Cabernet Francs from Virginia.  Along with our 90 point 2010 CasaNoVA and our 90 point 2010 Tranquility Red, these accolades speak to the quality of wine we produce and the exciting future of Tarara on the horizon.  Come visit us to try the wine, or have it delivered from our store!
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