Varietal: 100% Tannat
Though I'm not ready to say summer is done, I will admit that the air has been noticeably cooler and drier over the past weeks. Worryingly, I've even found myself wearing long pants comfortably at night. As naturally as the leaves starting to turn, my thoughts have begun to turn as well; to richer, earthier, autumn wines and this Uruguayan Tannat fits the bill perfectly!
Background: This is from the Atlantic coast of Uruguay, a rather cool temperate location. Tannat has always been the predominant red grape here since southern French immigrants brought it back in the mid 1800's. This is made by Pablo Fallabrino, whose family has owned the vineyard since 1947. He practices low intervention wine making, working hard in the vineyard to produce healthy natural grapes while respecting the environment around him.
Profile: Well, as Tannat is supposed to be, it's black. Like "dye a shirt" black. So black I can't even see the Fruit fly that just flew into it. It stains the whole glass red. It has a slightly sweet aroma of dried red fruit and some spices. I think it smells a bit like baking gingerbread. It drinks like a big full Italian: some dry earth on the mid palate, good acidity and dry tannins. It's a deep complex wine that brings to mind standing in an apple orchard in the fog on a cool damp autumn day. The tannins are a significant part of the structure, but it has a meaty mid palate that hides notes of cinnamon, mocha, licorice...this is a complex wine.
This is undeniably an impressive, unique wine that has a lot of depth. I would compare it to a Barolo first and a big old school CA Cabernet second. If those are your kinds of wines check this out. Or even better check this out with some slow cooked ribs. Something with enough fat to blunt the tannin a bit.
Available at: This is available at the Yarmouth Rosemont and RSVP. It retails for around $16.