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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  • Pisano Tannat Río de Los Pájaros Reserve 2007


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    Wine review by Jenfoye

  • Pine Ridge Onyx 2005


    Interesting wine. A lot more earthiness and funk than the cabs from Pine Ridge. Deep colour and aromas led me to believe this would be a heavier wine but it was softer and had mild tannins. It might need to age a bit. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn

  • Les Sarments Rouge Tannat & Cabernet 2007


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

    Wine review by good stuff

  • Bodega El Esteco Tannat 2007


    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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    Wine review by katdel

  • Château de Gaudou Cahors Cuvée Tradition 2006


    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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    Wine review by ff8549

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  • Domaine Lauroux Rouge 2005


    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

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