Sunday, April 14, 2013

Bodegas Carrau Tannat

Bodegas Carrau Tannat de Reserva 2010
Montevideo, Uruguay
www.bodegascarrau.com

Tannat is to Uruguay, what Malbec is to Argentina. Both are native French grapes which now serve as the flagship export grapes for these South American countries. The next time you see a Tannat in the store or on a wine list think about giving it a go!

Review: This dry, medium bodied Tannat has a dark purple hue and intense fruit flavors of plums and blackberries. The wine spends 18 months in French oak, contributing aromas of cedar and spice. The oak ageing also allows the tannins some times to mellow, giving nice smooth textures.

Food Pairing: A juicy steak or burger. Cook down some mushrooms and garlic in the wine, too, making a nice accompaniment.

Bottom Line: Good fruit, soft tannins. A good value buy. I dig it.


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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2010
  • PLACE: Las Violetas, Uraguay
  • GRAPE: Tannat
  • AGEING: 18 months in French oak
  • BOOZE: 13.5%
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.8 g/L
  • CELLAR: Drink now or hold for a few years
  • www.bodegascarrau.com

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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