Thursday, February 7, 2013

Familia Deicas 1er Cru D’Exception 2006 Tannat, Uruguay

The Familia Deicas 1er Cru D’Exception Tannat is a dense, robust heavyweight from South America.

Familia Deicas is a label of the Establecimiento Juanico winery in Uruguay. The winery dates back to the 1800s.

Then owner Don Francisco Juanico broke with traditional farming methods to build an underground cellar, enabling him to make better quality wine due to the cooler conditions.

In 1979 there was a big change when the family headed by Juan Carlos Deicas took over the winery. Since then three generations of the family have worked with passion and innovation to create great wines to share with the world. Juanico is the most technically advanced winery in Uruguay.

In color the wine is an intense violet with black notes. The wine is full of earthiness, chocolate and brown sugar. It’s a darker, firmer palate than Cabernet Sauvignon, but it opened nicely. It has a full body without excessive tannins. While Cab might be a warmed up bowl of cherries, the Familia Deicas is more a mysterious mixture of dark spices and fig.

This is an effort to create a wine in the garagiste style – high quality, limited production wines in an expressive style – sometimes even made in a garage. Familia Deicas grabs your attention with its contrasting flavor profile – so different from the fruity California reds.

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Rating: 4 of 5  Value: 2.5 of 5

Full disclosure: We received this bottle as a marketing sample.
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