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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  • Baste Bigorre France 2011


    50% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 10% Tannat Old wood aromas and a vague sweetness greets the nose along with emerging minty, leathery, smoky dried meat aromas. A bit sweet on entry, this is chewy and dark in the mouth with lots of dried strawberry flavors that are a touch jamy. the tannins are lovely, small if a touch austere and help ground the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Graffigna Elevation Red Blend Reserve Centenario 2012


    20% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 20% Bonarda, 20% Tannat A bit sour on the nose with black fruit, toasty spice and some muddy herbal notes and just a hint of peppery spice. A touch of sweetness greets the palate followed by rich black fruit, dates, and cedar in the mouth thats supported by dry and slightly oaky tannins. The fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Well, we've been catching up on a lot of things on our return to the Inland ... ... favorite VA wine was the Tannat.  What a brute.  Nothing subtle about that one.  Grill up a side of beef and drink that.  (Sadly, the next wine I tasted was the PN.  That one never had a chance with me.)OT, is correct in the at the Sandlands Mourvedre is made of... Read More

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  • Thanks for the report OT...noticed Adam pictured that same Tannat on FB.Oh, and...Sandlands!!! Gotta score me some of that. Read More

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  • Just got home after having dinner following the tasting. Met up with Mr and Mrs ... and Mrs ... poured a 2011 Tannat that reminded me of Sangiovese and had deep red and black fruit, mouth stripping tannins and showed great structure. Their 2013 Sauv Blanc was the only white of the night with some bright acidity.  Structure was lacking in a lot... Read More

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  • Just got this from Adam Lee. Meeting up with eMark and Foxall Monday for dinner. Should we change venues and do this? Not at all familiar with what Virginia has to offer. Hey All, Not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but wanted to invite all of you in the Santa Rosa area to a tasting of Virginia wines that we are hosting next Monda... Read More

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  • Tannat Viejo H. Stagnari 2006


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    Wine review by andybes

  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely ... Franc & Chambourcin, 20% Tannat, 15% Norton in French Oak), 2012 Merlot (85% Merlot, 15% Tannat in French Oak), 2012 Norton (90% Norton, 10% Tannat in French & American Oak), 2013 Dolce Rubus (100% Merlot plus natural raspberry additive in French Oak), and a 2010 V... Read More

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  • Geyser Peak Uncensored Red Blend 2010


    A wonderful blend of Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Cabernet, Tannat, Petite Verdot, and Zinfandel. This was great with gourmet flat bread pizza. The blend really works and is very enjoyable. Some depth and tang provide a great base for the wine that balances out rather nicely at this very inexpensive price point, One of the best valued i... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion

  • Stinson Vineyards Tannat 2011


    Textbook opulence. Despite the naturally bold tannins of Tannat and nearly 2 years in new French oak, this is a boldly rich, fruity wine. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

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