I am thrilled to be part of #UruguayWineWeek and, especially ,#TannatDay. I have long admired the grape varietal since I was first introduced to it when the Wine Pairing Weekend crew focused on wines from Uruguay. Back in February 2019 I paired the Bouza 2016 "B6" Tannat with Brined Quail. So, when I received a package of two Tannats from Viña Progreso via Uruguay Wine*, I was excited to learn more about the winemaker and the wines. I also received a bottle of his Viognier, but that will be the topic of another post.
It was just the way I grew up. I was used to walking in the vineyards, playing in the winery. A big family working together. When I grew up, I always that I knew that I wanted to be a winemaker. Soccer player, tango dancer, and winemaker? Let’s put tango dancer at the end.
I finished secondary school and went to winemaking school here in Uruguay. Then I traveled to see other realities – always in small wineries – in wine production.
It pours an intensely inky purple. On the nose, this Tannat has ripe red fruits along with some cinnamon and vanilla notes. I also noted a hint of forest floor, such as redwood duff or earthy mushrooms. On the palate, it's just as Pisano described in his perfect wine: it leaves you wanting another glass...and another. It has a nice density and mouthfeel with a beautiful acidity that makes your mouth water.