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2012 Nevaeh Red

2012 Nevaeh Red

Our flagship wine from our Estate Vineyard.  Nevaeh is always one of our favorites (obviously) and the 2012 is no exception.  A more elegant and refined approach than the 2010 or 2008.  It is complex and bright with a long life ahead of it.

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About This Wine:
The 2012 Nevaeh is slightly more more refined than in past years as we aim to work at making a seemless, well integrated wine that is all about complexity, longevity and complete transparency of the vineyard.  We have softened up on the use of new oak to allow the wine to show more of that beautiful fruit and minerality.  It is also the first time that all four red varieties make a showing in the same Nevaeh bottling.  Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2012
Varietal Composition:
52% Merlot
24% Syrah
12% Cabernet Franc
12% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date: September 29-October 25, 2012
Sugar: 24.1 avg brix
Acid: 5.10 g/l
PH: 3.86
Aging: Virginia Oak - 15 months
Barrel Aging:
15 months
52% Third use Virginia oak
20% New Virginia Oak
16% Neutral Virginia Oak
12% Second use Virginia Oak
Ageability: 2018-2025
Fermentation: Stainless steel - Indigenous Yeast
Bottling Date: February 16, 2014
Residual Sugar: 0
Alcohol %: 13.7
Tasting Notes:

A very elegant fruit forward style of Nevaeh with some fabulous smoked meat tones adding complexity. The aromas from this medium ruby colored wine are intoxicating with floral, smokey bacon, raspberry, plum and blueberry notes. Every sniff is bringing in another layer of complexity. The palate, though youthful with great acidity and firm but velvety tannins, is also quite enjoyable in its youth as well. While it is beautiful in its youth the wine will continue to integrate and gain complexity for at least 8-13 years.

Vineyard Notes:

This Merlot is from the Hill and Pond Blocks of our estate Nevaeh Vineyard. The Hill Block of Nevaeh vineyard is a south facing slope that creates most of Tarara’s best 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 Pond Block which is the coolest site in the Nevaeh Vineyard which is great for preserving aromatics and acidity in certain varietals. It too has many limestone deposits closest to the river valley but is a far sandier soil. The wines tend to be fresher, more aromatics with citrus and floral notes but with great concentration of character. The Syrah is from the Road Block which is consistently the hottest part of the Nevaeh Vineyard with the exception of one cool pocket the lies at the Southwest corner of the Syrah. The hotter portions give more weight and riper fruit characters whereas the cooler portion brings balancing acidity and more old world styled Smokey and meaty characters. The Road Block is predominately Penn Silt Loam so causes slightly shallower root systems and more fruit forward wines to blend with the mineral driven Hill Block. 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 Red is a selection of the barrels that most represent our estate vineyard Nevaeh. The wine is aged in exclusively Virginia Oak after fermentation on indigenous yeast. In 2012 we toned down the new oak to allow more expression from the vineyard. The grapes were all cold soaked for up to 5-10 days for good color, tannin and flavor extraction from the skins prior to the presence of alcohol. The fermentations were fairly quick and warm having their peak temperatures range anywhere from 24-29 degrees Celsius. The total time the wine spent on the skins ranged from 23 days (Cabernet Franc) to up to 40 days (some of the Merlot and the Syrah). The wines elevage in barrel was15 months and bottled unfined.

Food Pairing:

We want to recommend this with some sort of high end cuisine but sometimes the greatest wines should also pair with the simplest pleasures. Try this with a grilled pizza topped with truffled shitakes, fontina and pamigiano reggiano, and apple wood smoked bacon.


625 cases






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