Uruguay is renowned worldwide for the Tannat grape, which is the most emblematic grape variety in the country due to its unique velvety flavor and its innumerable international awards. Tannat makes full-bodied reds in the Madiran region of Southwest France. In Uruguay it's producing a bold, expressive wine with good complexity. Bodegas Garzon grows Tannat in their hillside vineyards in the unique, mineral-rich soil of the region. This soil combined with the cooling breezes from the ocean result in grapes with a beautiful balance and intense flavor profile. Consulting Enologist Alberto Antonini extracts the rich flavors and then ages the wine on the lees in French oak barrels for 12 months. The Decanter World Wine Awards gave it 90 points saying "Ripe and rich with intense fruit and power. Complex notes of black tea leaf and liquorice along with great texture." and James Suckling scored it 91 and said "A juicy red with blackberry and stone. Slate undertone. Full body. Chewy tannins. Big and intense. Needs some time to soften. Lots of flavor and character. Flamboyant. Drink now."
Lots to like here! Big, ripe fruit at the core with some of those tobacco and earthy notes coming in on the mid palate. Lots of acidity and firm tannins give this wine great balance and grip. If you have never had a really good Tannat, give this a whirl!