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2013 Killer Cluster Muscat

2013 Killer Cluster Muscat

Washington State grown fruit made here in Virginia - These Muscat grapes from Columbia Valley were selected because with all the rage about Muscat these days we felt like playing.  We wanted to put our own spin on the variety and since we don't grow it this was our chance.  This is not what is thought of as Moscato.  Dry, floral, wildly aromatic wine with delicate acidity and fresh character.

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About This Wine:
What a Killer Cluster!!! Take it however you want. When hit with a multitude of different weather events, a short crop all over our fine state, wildly increasing demand and press, and knowing that new plantings would take years we could do only one thing.  Our option was to find new sources so that's what we did. We set out to find the best grapes we could and we found them in Walla Walla, Horse Heaven Hills and Columbia Valley. When the grapes arrived, we could only say one thing -what a Killer Cluster!
Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2013
Wine Type: White Wine
Varietal Composition:
90% Muscat Canelli
7% Riesling
3% Roussanne
Harvest Date: October 21, 2013
Sugar: 25
Acid: 9.15 g/l
PH: 3.10
Aging: stainless steel
Barrel Aging:
8 months
100% Stainless Steel
Ageability: drink now
Fermentation: stainless steel
Bottling Date: June 16, 2014
Residual Sugar: 1.7%
Alcohol %: 12.9
Tasting Notes:

This is a wildly aromatic wine. This straw colored wine shoots from the glass with rose petal, blood orange, meyer lemon, and apricot character. The palate is clean and fresh and only slightly off dry. A very pleasant, clean and fresh wine.

Vineyard Notes:

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters. Eight smaller AVAs designate unique growing areas of special distinction within the larger Columbia Valley AVA. These are the Yakima Valley AVA, the Red Mountain AVA, the Walla Walla Valley AVA, the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, Lake Chelan AVA, Snipes Mountain AVA and the Wahluke Slope AVA. North of the Rattlesnake Hills is a region commonly known as Columbia Cascade, but which is not officially recognized as an American Viticultural Area. Other wine growing regions of distinction that have not yet been granted AVA status include the Othello region located in Adams County and the Tri-Cities area around the towns of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland.

Production Notes:

This cool wine was simple to make. Lightly pressed juice was kept as anaerobic as possible to retain as much aromatic as possible. The juice was fermented cool with commercial yeast ranging from 55-60 degrees F. The wine was racked twice and was filtered after 7 month and bottled in June 2014.

Food Pairing:

This wine would be perfect with some Seared Scallops in a citrus beurre blanc served over a Caribbean style salad of Jicama, Pineapple, fresh greens and a simple olive oil drizzle.


565 cases






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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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