Though Cuvaison is best known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, they have an impressive overall portfolio of wine that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Case in point, their 2019 Merlot is nothing short of outstanding. This is a medium bodied wine that drinks like a full-bodied wine with lots of swagger. Black cherry notes dominate along with plum, blackberry, light blueberry, cocoa powder and fresh sawed cedar wood. This is 100% Merlot and shows that with excellent fruit, you can make a Merlot that doesn’t need the addition of other grapes to make it better.
This is Cab Franc from Uruguay! Purple/ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, bell peppers, tobacco and slight chocolate. Medium bodied. Light to medium tannins. Lovely texture. On the palate, this has juicy acidity. Black cherry fruit with underlying char. Long finish. Blind, I would have guessed it from the Loire Valley. Drinking well now, it should continue for another eight to ten years. Nice on its own but better with food. This would be a perfect wine with (Veggie) Burgers off the grill.
This is a blend of 50% Tannat 30% Merlot and 20% Tempranillo. Purple in color with ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, black cherries, plums, chocolate and spice. Medium tannins. Full bodied. On the palate, this drinks like a bold, young Bordeaux (which is a compliment). Cherries, black cherries, cinnamon, and plums. There is a nice complexity. Its is drinking well but may still improve. Either way, it should drink well for the next ten to fifteen years. It drinks well on its own and will work well with roasted meats and vegetables.
This is 100% Tannat. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with cherries, dust, chocolate, spice and a hint of toasted oak. Medium tannins. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, plums and black raspberries. Moderate acidity. This is very tasty. Nice finish. Drinking well now and should continue for another twelve to fifteen years. Nice on its own but better with food. This would work well with Lamb Chops. An excellent value!
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.