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2012 WMS Bin #6 White

2012 WMS Bin #6 White

Vine Club only wine - Part of our trio of Rkatsiteli.  This was an experiement ot see what style we felt would best suit showing this cool ancient variety.  What we learned is that we love them all.  This one is the more Burgundian approach where we have barrel fermented and aged the wine with lees stirring and malo-lactic fermentation.


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About This Wine:
This wine is the first in a series of the next three Winemakers Select white wines. Over the course of the next 18 months these club white wines will be a different expression Rkatsiteli. This is an ancient variety originating from the Republic of Georgia back in the Mesopotamia era when and where classic grape varieties originated. Rkatsiteli (now simply known as R-Kats here at Tarara for ease of spelling and pronunciation) is one of the true originals. That said, Jordan, as excited as he was, was clueless as to what to do. What was the benchmark? What should he be aiming to do? Well, the answer was… “I Dunno”. So what did he do? True to form he, Tim and Kevin set out to create their own benchmarks. They made some as if it was a clean crisp Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling with all stainless steel fermenting and aging. They made some as an Orange Wine (that is just a white wine fermented on its skins like a red). Lastly they made some using their exacting Burgundian styles with barrel fermenting and aging as if it was their finest Chardonnay. This latter one is what you see in this package. Overall what did they learn? They learned they love Rkats and still have no idea what they are doing because they all turned out so well.

This barrel fermented and aged Rkats is exactly what the winemaking team expected - perplexing! It is intense and creamy with a roundness that will make you think it is one of our great Chardonnays, but it also has so much more going on. There are some cool herbal tones, citrusy characters and just a certain “je ne sais quoi” feel and taste to it. It is like nothing we have ever made before but at the same time very clearly a Tarara-style wine. Does that make any sense? Probably not and it shouldn’t. It just means that this juice is awesome, fun, exciting and something that is probably as new to you as it was to us. We hope you love it just as much as we do!

Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2012
Varietal Composition:
100% Rkatsiteli
Harvest Date: September 12, 2012
Sugar: 19.9 brix
Acid: 5.21 g/l
PH: 3.41
Aging: Jupilles forest French oak - 10 months
Barrel Aging:
10 months
25% Neutral Jupilles forest French oak
25% New Jupilles Forest French oak
25% Second use Jupilles French oak
25% Third use Jupilles French oak
Ageability: drink now
Fermentation: barrel
Bottling Date: August 21, 2013
Residual Sugar: 0
Alcohol %: 12.5
Tasting Notes:

It is intense and creamy with a roundness that will make you think it is one of our great Chardonnays, but it also has so much more going on. There are some cool herbal tones, citrusy characters and just a certain “je ne sais quoi” feel and taste to it. It is like nothing we have ever made before but at the same time very clearly a Tarara-style wine. Does that make any sense? Probably not and it shouldn’t. It just means that this juice is awesome, fun, exciting and something that is probably as new to you as it was to us. We hope you love it just as much as we do!

Vineyard Notes:

The Rkatsiteli comes from a site that is at the base of the many surrounding hillsides of the area. It is fairly hard red clay soils and is really showing well with this interesting variety originating from the Republic of Georgia. The fruit tends to be very Sauvignon Blanc like from this site but with somewhat lower alcohol levels only being in the 10-11% range with vibrant acidity and a great balance of herbal and citrus like elements. 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:

Barrel fermented and aged for 10 months sur lie. The wine was allowed to complete malo-lactic fermentation and was bottled after only a light filtration.

Production:

98 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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