Bodega Garzon 2019 “Reserva” Tannat, Uruguay

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$11.99 (FWGS) 89 Points (WSoP)

Uruguay has a vibrant wine-producing culture focused on family farms. Garzon is one of the larger producers but still small by American standards. The French and Basque influences are strong here, and Tannat is the grape that highlights that cultural connection.

Tannat is a massive and tannic beast of a wine, tempered only with oak aging and whole-cluster fermentation. This is an excellent example of the varietal. Aromas of fig and chive are tempered with a pretty floral undernote. On the palate, coriander and anise accent the black fruits and red berries. The tannins are still aggressive, and a year or two in storage would do wonders.

For pairings, a hearty beef stew with tomatoes or a whole roasted duck with a rosemary-blackberry confit would be brilliant.

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