Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pueblo del Sol 2009 Tannat, Juanico Region, Uruguay

Tannat is Uruguay’s “national grape,” initially grown in the southwestern region of France, but brought to Uruguay in 1870 by a French-
Basque immigrant. Today Uruguay is the largest producer of Tannat in the world.
Pueblo del Sol is a new entry to the US. It is a value wine, priced at under $10. Not much Tannat is available domestically because most is sold in Uruguay. Tannat pops up occasionally as a blending wine.
We uncorked this as we relaxed around the firepit on a perfect evening. The wine has a closed bouquet, not giving much indication of what was in store. There was light blueberry and tannins in the approach. The wine is medium bodied and smooth, but there was no noticeable finish. It just sort of disappeared.
I’ll continue to seek out Tannat, because this is a special grape. On this night, however, it fell short of the mark.
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