Today’s Quick Sip is the Tarara Winery 2007 Meritage. This delicious Bordeaux-style blend recently earned a well-deserved gold medal at the 2010 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition. This wine was crafted by winegrower Jordan Harris, who started at Tarara in 2007, following a successful winemaking career in the Niagara region of Ontario. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to Jordan on several occasions and conducting a Q&A with him on the blog and he is all about employing gentle and non-interventionist techniques in the winery to better express the vintage and vineyard in the bottle. For most Virginia grape-growers, 2007 was a good to very good vintage year that reflected fuller bodied and well-structured red wines with riper than usual fruit. I recently paired grilled rib-eye steak with this nicely made Bordeaux-style blend and the wine’s full tannin components and solid structure complemented the steak perfectly.
Tarara Winery 2007 Meritage
The Tarara Winery 2007 Meritage is a full bodied, well-structured, muscular, and complex wine. In the glass, the 2007 Tarara Meritage displays a rich, dark garnet color. The swirl and sniff offers complex dark fruit aromas, exotic spice, currant, black pepper, and toasted oak. On the sip, this wine has a rich mouth-feel, good flavor intensity, a firm tannic backbone, and a lasting flavorful finish. This wine has good aging potential and will improve over the years if you are patient. It is also the perfect accompaniment to red meat dishes, such as the grilled rib-eye steak mentioned above. The Tarara Winery Meritage 2007 clocks in at 14.0% alcohol by volume and has a screw cap enclosure. This wine has not been officially released yet, but should be available some time between October and November. If you just cannot wait, I was advised that it is available by request in the tasting room. With the fall release date, this wine is perfect for the cooler temperatures and hearty autumn fare, so be sure to check the Tarara Winery website for further information on its release. Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned friends ...More to come!
Info: Tarara Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176-5236, (703) 771-7100
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