- Cara Sur Criolla Chica Barreal 2018$19.98Availability:In Stock
From the British importer: Criolla Chica – also known as the Mission grape in California – was one of the first varieties to be introduced to South America, probably in the mid 16th century. Ever since then it has been used for communion wine and often mediocre table wine, until very recently when a small group of enlightened winemakers (including Sebastian Zuccardi) have recognised its potential. The grape has a distinctive pink skin colour and so the resultant red wines are pale in colour, very much Pinot-like, although the similarities end there.
This delicious Criolla, from 80 year old organically farmed vines in Calingasta, is bursting with ripe summer fruit pudding aromas with a dusting violets and roses. Surprisingly firm tannins and serious acidity make for a wine that demands respect and good grub; roast lamb and pork belly work particularly well but anything with a nice fatty flavour is great.
- Garzon Tannat Single Vineyard Uruguay 2015WS91WE91JS92$25.98Availability:Out of Stock92 Points! This is round and very silky with a lovely texture and intensity. Full body, round and polished tannins. Lots of blueberry, cherry and hints of mineral and stone. Drink or hold. - JamesSuckling.comLearn More
- Garzon Tannat Reserve Uruguay 2016JS92$14.98Availability:In Stock92 Points! Iodine, ink, tar, crushed stones and dark plum essence. This has all the hallmarks of a fruity tannat, but it's in no way too much. It combines a lovely firm tannin backbone with tangy acidity, which carries all the way to the savory finish. Drink now. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.comLearn More
- Cruse Wine Company Tannat Alder Springs Vineyard 2015VM90$44.98Availability:In Stock90 Points! Michael Cruse's 2015 Tannat Alder Springs is bold and intense, and yet the huge tannins typical of this variety have been largely tamed. A host of earthy, savory notes add aromatic complexity to the deeply expressive, varietal fruit. The 2015 is bold and rustic (there is only so much one can do with Tannat) and yet all the elements are beautifully balanced. The Tannat was vinified in concrete and aged in barrel. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous MediaLearn More
- Bastias Pais Tinaja Maule Valley 2013$26.98Availability:In Stock100% Pais that spends 12 months in a clay amphora and a minimum of six months in bottle before release. The fermentation is all with native yeast and the Tinaja shows plenty of stuffing buts hides its 15.2% alcohol nicely. The amphora gives the wine a distinct roundness with the prominent flavors centering on fruits like plum and mulberry, with high points of sage, licorice and chapparal, a bit of a balsamic note, and something like lightly roasted nuts. It’s pretty comfortable in itself and the round core of fruit brings it all together. A whopping 840 bottles were produced.Learn More