Tarara Winery 2008 Nevaeh Red

Founded in 1989 by Whitie and Margaret Hubert, Tarara Winery is a 475 acre farm that stretches along the Potomac River in Leesburg, Virginia. A veteran on the Virginia wine scene, Tarara sources from several of the states best vineyards, including their estate vineyard Nevaeh. I haven’t visited since Jordan Harris joined the team as winemaker, but I’m a big fan of his winemaking, and have had the opportunity to sample several of his wines.

Tarara Winery 2008 Nevaeh Red Wine

Tarara’s primary focus is on terroir, and hence produce a number of single-vineyard blends. The Tarara Winery 2008 Nevaeh Red is a blend of 71% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged exclusively in new Virginia oak for 18 months and fermented on indigenous yeast and retails for $40. From the website, “Nevaeh is made up of three distinct blocks – The Hill, The Road and The Pond. All of Nevaeh is planted to cane-pruned vertical shoot positioning with an average yield of just shy of 2 tons per acre. This helps with even ripening, better concentration and an easily sculpted vineyard.”

A somewhat tight nose (I recommend opening a few hours in advance), aromas of black fruit, namely ripe blackberries, black currant and a dash of black pepper. Earthy undertones with cedar box, tobacco, cassis and black cherries on the palate. Medium-bodied, solid tannins and good acidity, the wine impresses with each sip. A well made wine that will reward the patient drinker.

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