February 2014 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 11

VINTNERS SERIES
V I N T N E R S
FEBRUARY 2014
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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
b y
m o r e
elegant
and
softer tannins
and blackberry
fruit
notes.
Tannat’s history
in Uruguay is
s imi l a r
to
Malbec’s histo-
ry 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.
or 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
f r o m
t h e
Canary Islands,
s ett l ed
i n
E t c h e v a r r í a ,
Canelones and
Uruguay started
the first vine-
yards 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
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ITEM #: V0214R2IU
Retail Price:
$19.99/each
Member Price: $15.98/each
Reorder Price: $12.99/each
35% Discount
Tannat
(Ten NAT)
2011
Marichal
Uruguay
Color:
Dark purple
Nose:
Blueberry, game
and earth
Palate:
Earthy and gamey with
berry and cherry
Finish:
Almost thick with
lots of extract
Alcohol:
13.5%
Drink now
through 2016
WOMC RATING
94 Points
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