A new varietal for me, Tannat.

Bought this bottle for $19.99. What a delight! Tannat is an old French grape varietal, but has taken hold in Uruguay, the next door neighbor of Argentina in South America. I’ve never tried this particular varietal before. Upon opening it wasn’t very impressive, with not much nose and not much in the mouth. But an hour later it is nirvana in a glass. Very Merlot-like, in that it was all oak, leather, and earthiness on the nose, and silky smooth and supple mouthfeel. Likely one of the best under-$20 wines I have tasted in a long, long time. It paired wonderfully with a filet mignon.

I highly recommend seeking out this wine. One of the better values I have ever encountered.

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