Our deepest and darkest red of the 2012 vintage shows incredible ripeness while staying true to the vibrant nature of the 2012 vintage. This is a wonderful expression of what we felt our Monticello AVA sources showed in a classic Virginian vintage. This is an incredible follow up to the widely sought after 2010 vintage. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat are from Gordonsville and Carter Mountain vineyards.
||September 21 - October 20, 2012
||23.2 avg brix
||Virginia Oak - 15 months
||Second use Virginia Oak
||New Virginia Oak
||Third use Virginia Oak
||February 16, 2014
Just a stunning wine that shows a great representation of both the low lying heat soaked areas and the rolling hills of the Monticello AVA as well as the long 2012 growing season. The aromas are intense and exciting with loads of fruit showing raspberry, red currant, mint, rose petal and cassis. The palate it refined and restrained but does not lack of intensity. Lots of fruit melded in with the firm tannin structure and bright acidity. Fresh and intense. Great wine
The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine come from a vineyard we source from on Carter Mountain and the Tannat from Gordonsville both in the Monticello AVA.
Carter Mountain is a higher elevation site that gets cooler nights preserving acidity and is planted to clones that are about holding acidity and maintaining slightly lower and balanced sugars for better alcohol balance.
The Gordonsville Vineyard is on the plain land close by the Piedmont of the Blue Ridge where it gets a lot of sunlight and heat. That combined with the clay dominated soils leads to a very powerful but fruit forward style of Tannat that is perfect for blending to bring structure and weight to the wine.
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.
The #SocialSecret is a selection of the barrels that most represent our expression of the Monticello AVA. The wine is aged in exclusively Virginia Oak after fermentation. 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 26-29 degrees Celsius. The total time the wine spent on the skins ranged from 12 days (Tannat) to up to 38 days (Merlot). The wines elevage in barrel was 15 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This wine is going to be perfect with a roasted Rack of Pork brined for 24 hours prior to cooking in Apple Cider, broth, Juniper berries, smashed garlic, thyme, rosemary and parsley. Serve with a mushroom ragout and it will be out of this world.