100% Tannat from Juanico, Canelones, Uruguay.
SRP of $17 and available at that price. Sample submitted for review. Imported by TasteVino Selections.
From the bottle:
"Close to the sea with the adoring presence of the sun, our grapes are grown to offer the people the fruits of the earth turned to art by man.
Appearance: Deep garnet.
Nose: Notes of fig jam, liverwort, black licorice and inkwell.
Palate: Sweet tannins, intense attack of blueberry and plum leading you to a opulent and powerful finish.
Food Pairings: This wine makes a natural pairing with barbecued meats, stews and hard cheeses.
Serving Temperature: 16-18C (61-65F)
Once again, it's time for Tannat Tuesday! If you're just joining us for this series I recommend you check out the first two installments here:
- Artesana Tannat 2011 - Is the signature grape of Uruguay set for a breakthrough?
- Pueblo del Sol Tannat 2010 - Ten Dollar Tannat!
Today we go back to the winery from our last review, but this time we're checking out their Reserva wine, which interestingly actually comes from a more recent vintage.
The 2012 Pueblo del Sol Reserva Tannat begins with pleasant aromas of black raspberry, grape, fig and licorice. Tasting the wine reveals lots of grape jam that is balanced by firm tannins, licorice and a little oaky spice. You'll also find notes of sweet blackberry and blueberry in this easy to drink, delicious, medium-bodied wine. It ends with good length and lots of lingering sweet berry flavors. I also found it refreshing that the alcohol level is only 12.6%. It does indeed get a higher taste rating than the non-reserva version but it also costs more, so in the end the overall rating is about the same. It would be hard to go wrong with either one, I say!
Overall Rating: 7.0
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