James Suckling loved this inexpensive, high-scoring gem, "Brambleberries, dark licorice, iodine, oyster shell, dark chocolate, vanilla, baking spices and plenty of tar. Full body, lots of dark fruit, juicy yet structured tannins and a chewy finish." Do not be scared of Tannat. Think of it as Cabernet Sauvignon slightly rougher brother. It has all the rich dark fruit you crave, with a little extra grip and a deliciously textured finished. Garzon is leading the way in crafting hearty reds at eye-brow raising inexpensive prices.
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Blessed with pristine views of the Atlantic, an unspoiled ecosystem, and dusty, charismatic back streets, the Punta del Este zone of Uruguay is very quickly becoming a new Côte d’Azur for discerning travelers of means. Nearby, wine entrepreneur Alejandro Bulgheroni established Bodega Garzón, a sustainable, earth-friendly wine estate, restaurant, and private club. Wind and solar power provide 40% of the property’s energy needs, and world-renowned chef Francis Mallman is the Ambassador and Culinary Director for the estate. Quite simply, no expense has been spared to make this winery a showpiece of the southern hemisphere. Blessed with fast-draining granite sands called “balasto,” these rolling hills are heaven for wine grapes, especially Tannat. We were also thrilled to discover some delightful reds like Petit Verdot and Marselan, as well as award-winning Albariño that is some of the best made outside of Spain. We invite you to experience just how sumptuous and luxurious Uruguayan wine can be!
Aged for a year in large oak foudres, this full bodied style respects the tannic character of the Tannat grape, but also adds a delicious dark fruit intensity that fills the palate
Brambleberries, dark licorice, iodine, oyster shell, dark chocolate, vanilla, baking spices and plenty of tar. Full body, lots of dark fruit, juicy yet structured tannins and a chewy finish. Drink in 2020
Editor’s Choice: This dark-colored Tannat is intense and iron-fisted, with aromas of coconut and spicy black fruit. Blackberry, cassis, toast and peppercorn flavors run long on the palate, carrying to the generous finish. Drink through 2021.
Shows lots of creamy undercurrents to the rich and ripe flavors of blackberry, dark currant and plum, with hoisin sauce details that come in midpalate. The finish is filled with dark chocolate and Asian spice notes. Drink now through 2023. 2,000 cases imported
The 2016 Tannat Single Vineyard (which is a step up in the lineup compared to the Reserva) was aged for 12 to 18 months in French wood (mostly in untoasted 5,000-liter casks). It comes in at 14.7% alcohol. This has a far lusher and riper demeanor than the Reserva this issue, but I sort of miss the finesse and elegance of the Reserva. Still, while this shows the effects of extended wood aging, the large barrels mean that the oak is under control. This keeps all of the Reserva's structure, adds to it and then adds much sexier fruit. It's a little unfocused at times, particularly with aeration, but this powerful Tannat has plenty of everything to go with the flavor. I'll be interested in seeing where this goes in time, but for now it is worth leaning up on it while noting that it does have some questions to answer in the cellar. For the price, though, you can't go wrong