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2011 Marichal Premium Varietal Tannat 

Canelones, Uruguay

Retail $15

Argentina and Chile have been successful exporting favored Bordeaux blending grapes, malbec and carmenere respectively, and neighboring Uruguay is following suit with tannat, which is native to southwestern France. The majority of Uruguay's grapes are grown in the southern part of the country on the Canelones hillsides, 15 miles from the capitol, Montevideo, and 15 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The vines thrive in the maritime climate's cooling breezes and moderate temperatures. The small estate was established in the 1930s by the Marichal family, which emigrated from the Canary Islands. Now in the fourth generation, the family cultivates a variety of red and white grapes on 125 acres. Grapes for this 100 percent tannat wine were harvested in bunches and collected in refrigerated vats. The wine was cold macerated on the skins for several days in stainless steel tanks until fermentation was complete. The skins were separated from the wine and natural malolactic fermentation occured. In the glass, the unoaked wine offers aromas of tart cherry, herbal notes and hints of spice and raisin. On the palate, taste blackberry, cassis, plum, dried berries, earth notes and good acidity. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with osso buco, lamb chops, grilled steak and pork ribs. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Company. Drink it at: Cochon, Restaurant August and Doris Metropolitan.


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