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Tannat, 2011. Marichal
Item # V0214R2IU

Tannat, 2011. Marichal

Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Tannat
Vineyard/Appellation: Uruguay
Color: Deep purple
Nose: Blueberry, game and earth
Palate: Earthy and gamey with berry and cherry
Finish: Almost thick with lots of extract
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2016
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For over 70 years, Bodega Marichal has been a boutique family winery. Following a proud family tradition, as well as using the most modern winemaking techniques, they produce premium Uruguayan wines. Grapes are 100% hand harvested and, as a small family winery, they are able to obtain unique, handcrafted wines with every harvest.

In 1910, Isabelino Marichal, a descendant of immigrants from the Canary Islands, settled in Etchevarr?a, Canelones and Uruguay started the first vineyards of the Tannat variety. In 1938, the family set up a small winery composed of underground tanks in a cave in order to achieve the best conditions in winemaking.

Today, the third and fourth generations have assumed the challenge of presenting the product of their land and their family traditions to the world by coping with the intricacies of technical advances in the field.

Uruguay enjoys the ideal geographical location to excel in the production of fine wines. It is situated in the southern hemisphere between the 30? and 35? parallels just like its fellow wine-producing countries of Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The clay-based soil and the balanced distribution of sun, rainfall and temperature in Uruguay are optimal for the growth of the vines which extend splendid among the gently undulating hills.

Tannat is a red wine grape historically grown in South West France in the Madiran. It is now one of the most prominent grapes in Uruguay where it is considered the "national grape". Tannat wines produced here are characterized by more elegant and softer tannins and blackberry fruit notes. Tannat's history in Uruguay is similar to Malbec's history in Argentina. In their native country, France, Malbec and Tannat made at best mediocre wines. Apparently the change of scenery has been good for both of them.

Like Malbec, Tannat can produce a very harsh, dark and oftentimes a difficult wine. Uruguay has been able to tame this grape and, though still a big and imposing offering, at the same time shows great balance and flavor. The blackberry notes and lack of barrel tannins help to give off a lovely nose of berry and spice along with a large mouth-fill making it a perfect match for grilled meats like lamb leg or a prime rib eye.

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