Tannat can be thought of as a misunderstood variety. Regarded, for generations, as something full of brawn, we see now that it can possess the “brains” to match. This example perfectly balanced the delicate aromas of raspberry jam with intense coffee and cedar. On the palate, it is not shy, showing powerful cranberry-tinged acidity grippy tannins brought into focus by luxurious and velvety smooth flavors of macerated plum. The finish is exceptionally long and satisfying and suggests significant aging is possible.
Sunset International Wine Competition (Silver)
For hundreds of years, the fascinating Tannat grape was almost completely unknown outside its native South West France. Thankfully that has changed as this extremely rich and powerful variety (the name derives from the word tannin) is now becoming popular in far-flung places.
Food Pairing Notes
A great companion for Santa Maria rub tri-tip.