This is an intriguing blend of 85% Tannat and 15% Viognier. Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is nice with chocolate, cherries, and a slight coconut note. Medium to firm tannins. Full bodied. Juicy acidity. On the palate, cherries and other red fruits. Moderate finish. This is drinking well now and should drink well for another five to eight years. This works better with food. It would go well with roasted duck or chicken.
At a recent tasting of Uruguayan wines, this seemed to be the crowds choice for best wine. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose has raspberries, plums and milk chocolate. Medium to firm tannins. Soft texture. On the palate, black cherries and plums. Deep. The finish is long with lots of fruit and tannins. This is drinking well now but should improve. Drink over the next ten to fifteen years. Nice on its own, this will work better with food. Pot Roast would work well.
This is 100% Tannat. Ruby in color, purple at the core, mostly clear and bright. The nose seems warm/moist in a good way with black cherries, dark chocolate, spice and slight herbal notes. Firm tannins. Softer texture. On the palate, black cherries and black raspberry fruit. Good acidity. The tannins kick up on the finish. This is very tasty. Good value. Drink over the next eight to ten years. It drinks well on its own but probably better with food. It would be nice with grilled meats or even roasted vegetables.
Uruguay’s flagship red wine is, and always has been, Tannat. It grows well there. Tannat, however, is not the friendliest of grape owing to its heavier tannic structure. For this iteration, it’s 100% Tannat and it offers blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, with back notes of wild cherry, plum and lingonberry. There is very little oak influence – just nine months in barrel - and very strong tannins, so this wine definitely needs some air time, and food. Tannat is not a cocktail wine and it needs to be paired with food, most typically in Uruguay it’s beef.
Pale golden in color with green hues, clear and bright. The nose is nice with floral notes, both fresh and dried. Also some lemons and slight pears. Medium bodied. Slight viscosity. Slightly oily texture. On the palate, citrus with some minerality. Good acidity. Long finish. Good value. This is an easy drinking white that is sure to please a crowd. Drink over the next couple of years. Nice on its own or with lighter foods but could even work with a burger off the grill.
This is a nice Sauvignon Blanc that seems a bit old school in style. Silvery gold in color with green hues, clear and bright. The nose is grassy with some green apples and very slight cat pee. Medium bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, grassy with some Meyer lemon notes. Long finish. This drinks very easily on its own and will work well with seafood or lighter foods. I would work well with Tuna Salad. Drink over the next couple of years. Excellent value.
This was interesting. The base wine is a Rose made from Tannat grapes. Served straight with an ice cube and a piece of orange peel. 16% Orange/pink in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with Chinese Five Spice and also floral notes. Viscous. On the palate, this is slightly sweet but also a bitter note that contrasts it. A bit of a dried herbal note as well. Good finish. This is very refreshing and would work well in cocktails. Drink in the next couple of years. It makes a great aperitif and works nicely with fried appetizers.
A nice take on a Washington state Syrah. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose has black cherries, cloves, black pepper and char. Medium tannins. Plenty of depth. On the palate, black cherries with underlying minerality and char. Good acidity. Long finish. This is still on the younger side but should drink well for another ten to fifteen years. A nice choice with Beef Stew.
Domaine Huet makes some of the best Chenin Blanc wines anywhere in the world from dry to sweet to sparkling. This one is semi-dry and is wonderful. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is great with citrus (lemons and slight tangerine), salinity and chalk. Medium bodied. Light tannins. Good balance and acidity. On the palate, citrus with nice minerality. This is sweet but not at dessert levels. The acidity balances it nicely. This drinks great on its own and will work well with spicy Thai food. Drink over the next fifteen to twenty years.
It is nice to drink an inexpensive Madeira. Iced tea in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with raisins, orange marmalade, molasses, and spice. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet. Viscous. On the palate, the orange marmalade comes thru along with raisins and nutmeg. Good acidity. Some depth. Nice finish. A little goes along way. A few ounces is a nice way to finish a meal or have an evening drink. An open bottle should easily last a month or more. Very nice on its own, but this would be nice with a toffee dessert.