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Tannat

Argentina, Malbec, Red blend, Amalaya, Salta, Calchaqui Valley, 2015

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Red blend of 85% malbec, 10% tannant, and 5% syrah For best results I suggest you decant and wait 30 minutes to an hour before enjoying as she had some reduced aromas that need to float off N/ Black fruits, black soil, plum skins, marine wafts, crushed leaves, forest floor, and taffy. T/ Purple and […]

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Uruguay, Tannat, Artesana, Canelones, 2011

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Just as with Artesana’s tannat-malbec blend (http://www.brainwines.com/uruguay-red-blend-tannat-merlot-artesana-canelones-2011/) I strongly suggest waiting 2-3 hours after decanting, she needs time to harmonize. N/ Barrel room dominated for first hour but eventually nice plum and cherry taffy aromas joined the party. Black tea and dark chocolate. River rock and flint notes. Deep black cherry that lingered nicely. T/ […]

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Uruguay, Red Blend (Tannat and Merlot), Artesana, Canelones, 2011

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Red Blend of 60% tannat and 40% merlot. Suggest enjoying 2-3 hours after decanting, she needs time to soften and blossom. The wait will be worthwhile. N/ She leads with deep bass notes of aged barrel room and distinct cherry corial chocolates. Sharp, crisp flint notes.  Bright black cherry. Lime juice dripped on crushed rocks. […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Unorthodox, Evidence Wines, Lodi and Napa, California, 2009

Red blend of: 70% Zinfandel, 10% Sangiovese, 5% Sauzao, 5% Tempranillo, 5% Syrah, and 5% of my friend Tannat. Note: she started out, as the winemaker wisely warned me – a tad tight due to very recent bottling. However, 45 – 60 minutes after decant, she began to really shine… N/ Elegantly restrained and clean for a Zinfandel based blend. […]

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USA, Red Blend, Big House, Red, 2009

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A 14 varietal ! red blend of: 27% Petite Sirah, 14.5% Syrah, 8.6% Montepulciano, 8.2% Barbera, 6.4% Nero d’Avola, 6.1% Tempranillo, 3.3% Malbec, 2.4% Aglianico, 2.4% Souzao, 2.3% Charbono, 2.2% Petite Verdot, 2.1% Cabernet Franc, 2% Tannat, 12.5% Other “esoteric” reds Ready to drink right after opening. N/ Smoked cassis. Sweet peppers. Fresh leather. Multiple […]

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USA, Tannat, Lone Madrone, 2005

Tannat.  A grape I absolutely love.  The amount planted in the US is way, way too small. Lone Madrone is doing their part. N/ Steroidal strawberries, candied cherry, plum, mocha. Black soil. T/ Light mouthfeel and amazingly soft for a pure Tannat. Thick, but smooth black fruits. Light wood. Light candied, and stewed, cherries. Note: About $40 […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Pine Ridge, Stags Leap, Napa Valley, California, Cabernet Sauvignons & Red Blends

Pine Ridge is another big proponent of cave aging, with about 7/10ths of a mile to show. I did a barrel-to-bottle tasting, and it was excellent. This is a truly great vineyard, and some of their aged wines can rival the 1st growths of Bordeaux. Also, a very, very, attractive cave and tour.   Specific […]

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