Tannat

Name of varietal: Tannat

Common synonyms: Harriague, Moustrou, Moustroun, Bordeleza Belcha

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to southwest France

History of the grape: Tannat has been growing in southwest France for many centuries. The grape has the distinction of possessing the highest amounts of oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs), a.k.a. tanninns, than any other (hence the name). It’s the basis for many varietal releases and blends in Madiran and Irouleguy table wines. Its big break came in 1870 when Basque-French immigrant Pascual Harriague took Madiran vines to his new home in Uruguay, where the varietal adapted very well to the hot and humid conditions there and flourished, becoming the country’s signature grape. Because Uruguay never suffered from the Phylloxera crisis that otherwise devastated Europe and other countries, descendants of the original cuttings first brought there still exist, and grapes from these prized vines are known as “Harriague.”

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  • Les Sarments Rouge Tannat & Cabernet 2007

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    Ruby red, good legs, smooth, long finish. Read More

    Wine review by good stuff


  • Bodega El Esteco Tannat 2007

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    This lovely wine from Salta is a bargain beauty. Great depth, dark fruit and spice profile. It would be great with game, meat dishes and richer pasta sauces, stews, etc. Mendoza isn't the only game in town anymore, and that is why progressive-minded producers like Michel Torino are dedicating many aspects of their work in Salta. Look out for ... Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


  • Can anyone give me any personal experiences with this wine or tasting notes? I've just found out that appart from gamay your native grapes hold the most amount of resveritol (maybe incorrect spelling?), so naturally I'm curious, as they say that the only wine made as a blend with these particular grape is Cold Duck? Read More

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  • Lake Anna Winery Spotsylvania Claret Red Blend NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by katdel


  • Château de Gaudou Cahors Cuvée Tradition 2006

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    Lovely black spice, coal tones greet the nose and offer support to the slightly jammy, smoky cranberry fruit. Nicely balanced and bright with fine focus, if a touch lean across the mid-palate. Right up front there is a touch of wood that integrates well into the dark fruits which inturn are contrasted by a fine mineral note on the moderately lon... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pisano Family Vineyards Cisplantino 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by ff8549


  • And remember no internet peeking!1. What is the Zonda (and how does it impact wine)?2. Which Canadian province produces the most wine?3. Which three of the following wine regions are not in the Americas?a.    Curico Valleyb.    Cerro Chapeuc.    Similkameen Valleyd.    Swan Valleye.    Tecatef.    Casablanca Valleyg.    Mendozah.    Samsoni.  ... Read More

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  • Domaine Lauroux Rouge 2005

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    This one was really nice. Here's my review and a brief piece that provides a bit of background on the people behind Domaine Lauroux...http://enotheque.blogspot.com/2008/12/names-to-look-out-for-on-your-next-wine.html Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


  • Bodega Bouza Red Blend Tannat Merlot 2005

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    Rich, dark, deep, full-bodied and all together amazing; some herbal qualities on the nose; definitely try if you like full bodied reds like bordeaux or california cabs Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Alcyone NV

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    Wow - this is a pretty intense, thick, gloupy, syrupy wine. Licoice, chocolate and vanilla bean. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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