Quick Sip: Tarara Winery 2008 Nevaeh Red

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Today’s “Quick Sip” is the Tarara Winery 2008 Nevaeh Red. Nevaeh is Tarara’s estate vineyard, which is managed by grape-grower and owner of 8 Chains North, Ben Renshaw. The 2008 Nevaeh Red is one of three single-vineyard designated wines produced by Tarara’s winemaker, Jordan Harris, to showcase the site-specific character and distinct personality of an individual site. For the purist, single vineyard wines are by far the best expression of what wine connoisseurs refer to as “terroir.” Simply put, terroir is the combination of soil, slope, climate, and many other factors that influence the fruit which will eventually produce the wine. The 2008 Nevaeh Red is not scheduled for release until fall, but let’s un-screw the cap and see where the wine is now in its maturation process.

Tarara Winery 2008 Nevaeh Red

The 2008 Nevaeh Red is a blend consisting of 71% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged in new Virginia oak barrels for 18 months and fermented on indigenous yeast. In the glass, the 2008 Nevaeh Red displays a lovely deep ruby color with purple hues. This wine is young and a bit tightly-knit, but over a short period of decanting it continued to expand and reveal its charm. The swirl and sniff boasts red and black berry fruit aromas with streaks of spice, cocoa, faint toasty notes, and subtle floral hints that suggest violets. The palate is mouth-coating with pleasant fruit, supple, yet firm tannins, moderate acidity, and a savory character that’s complimented by a long, mildly tannic, lingering finish. This youthful wine has nice framework and is full of potential – especially for those who are patient. I was not! The 2008 Nevaeh Red retails for $40.00, has a screw-cap enclosure, and clocks in at 14.0% ABV. Other single vineyard wines due to be released this spring by Tarara Winery include a 2009 Nevaeh White blend and a 2009 Honah Lee Vineyard Viognier. Be sure to check Tarara’s website for other offerings and events, as well as wine club information.

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