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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  • 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

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  • Bodega Bouza Red Blend Tannat Merlot 2005


    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

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  • Alcyone NV


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

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  • Blackstone Winery Red Blend Sonoma County Sonoma Reserve Rubric 2006


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  • Viñedo de Los Vientos Tannat Atlàntida 2006


    A very tannic wine (surprise!) thats still tight and closed. Its pretty inexpensive, so I'm not sure how it will age. Rather earthy, and fairly simple, but ok. Read More

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