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#389894 - 03-05-2019 08:50:50 WoFW: Tannat Around the World
TomHill Offline
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Registered: 02-15-2004 17:42:19
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Interesting article on Tannat, as linked in WineTerroirist, by Julia Harding:
in which we learn that the variety Tannat reflects terroir more than any other grape (ohhh...I thought that was Riesling...err...Nebbiolo..err..PinotNoir). Gets a little geeky in the discussion of clones. And focuses on Madiran and Uruguay, of course.
I've always thought the TablasCreek Tannat was one of the best. The Rockwall is also pretty good. I find many of the Madrians a bit on the rustic side. And not a big fan of the SouthAmerican versions.
But an interesting read, I thought.

#389897 - 03-05-2019 10:52:06 Re: WoFW: Tannat Around the World [Re: TomHill]
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Registered: 03-12-2004 15:59:19
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I had a bottle of the Garzon Tannat (not the Riserva) from Uruguay recently that I thought was very good. This is clearly a grape that needs to be planted all along the Left Coast. smile
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#389898 - 03-05-2019 18:55:11 Re: WoFW: Tannat Around the World [Re: TomHill]
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I haven't seen all that many Tannat wines from Uruguay and what I have seen is on the cheap end of the spectrum. Not that this makes them suspect but I have to believe we are not yet getting the best they have.

Madiran is interesting because there's a few high end wines and a few priced to be every day drinkers and a paucity in-between. I like Madiran but have a hunch that my sweet spot is probably around $20 to $25 a bottle, of which I don't see many.


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