Boneyard White 2011

In launching a new wine label, Tarara Winery looked to their “Boneyard” for inspiration.  The Boneyard is the field where old equipment goes to sit (and be used for spare parts).  In developing the inaugural Boneyard White blend Winemaker Jordan Harris wanted to express his imagination and fun rather than being restricted by terroir and varietal correctness.

He hand selected vineyard lots to be a part of this bright new white wine.

The resulting somewhat irreverent wine is both delicate and full of vivacity.

A blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, and Petit Manseng the wine’s pale straw color permeates the glass with just a hint of richer yellow.  The nose is filled with white citrus, crisp granny smith apple and a touch of honeysuckle.  The slightly acidic attack has a generous herbaceous quality.  The midpalate is not incredibly expansive but includes subtler, not bright, tropical notes.  The finish is surprisingly long for a wine that is 90% stainless steel fermented.

The winery recommends pairing this wine with fresh greens and light appetizers or simply sitting on a patio in the heat of summer as an aperitif.  They also recommend serving with Roasted Ayrshire Farms Chicken Breast with white wine and basil served with quinoa pilaf and ripe avocado.

Drinking very nicely now, I do not anticipate significant complexity with additional bottle aging.


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