Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Viñedos de los Vientos TANNAT 2007

                                               Dombek Photo © 2012
Viñedos de los Vientos
Atlántida, Uruguay

100% Tannat.

I know on May Day one should really be enjoying Rose' (and I do have one to talk about), however the weather here in Portland today is calling for something else ... thus the Tannat! 

Dark lush/black garnet in color, this wine has aromas of deep plum, leather and dark cherry with subtle vanilla overtones.  One immediate experiences a silky/suede mouth feel followed by luscious blackberry flavors, hints of dark cocoa, cedar and black licorice, even tar.  Perfume and spice persist.  Ned (Devenish Wines Proprietor) likens it to a Nebbiolo!  Warm and earthy, this has intense dark fruit (without being jammy), underlying brighter tannins and overall polish.  What fun!  We enjoyed this with a hearty lentil, vegetable & spicy sausage soup!  Add crusty breads and aged cheeses.  This warms senses, heart and soul on a chilly day! $16.99 a bottle from Rosemont Market on Munjoy Hill.

Tasting Wines with my friend Scott!
One thinks of Tannat as a grape originating from the Basque region of France and usually blended with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.  But Tannat has now found a prominent place in Uruguay, which is located in the southeastern part of South America on the Atlantic Ocean.  In the Fallabrino family since 1947, the property Viñedos de los Vientos means “Vineyard of the Winds” and is located where the River Plate Estuary (largest in the world and home to 150 species of birds) and the Atlantic Ocean meet, providing clean cool ocean breezes and an ideal climate for the maturation of grapes for fine wine.  They also practice sustainable agriculture and maintain respect for the environment and surrounding wildlife.  What's not to LOVE??

Exclusively imported by T. Edward Wines, Ltd., New York and Devenish Wines here in Portland.  Find at Rosemont Market and RSVP Beverage on Forest Ave.  Also on the wine list at Old Vines Wine Bar - 173 Port Road, Kennebunk, ME

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