Thursday, October 1, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - South American Red - 2012 Pisano Tannat Reserva Personal de la Familia

Tannat is to Uruguay as Malbec is to Argentina... sort of... I bet you've at least heard of, and probably even tried quite a few Argentinian Malbecs. But how many Tannats have you tried?   Chances are you've tried exactly none.  Tannat is not as easy drinking or food friendly as Malbec, but if you are looking for something different - and aren't afraid of a big tannic monster of a wine - seek one out! Today's wine is a 100% Tannat from Pisano, who also makes a number of blends using Tannat.

Wine: 2012 Pisano Tannat Reserva Personal de la Familia

Region: Tannat
Grape Varieties: Progreso, Uruguay

Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $18
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Dark, dark purple.
Aroma: Blackberries, cranberries, baking spices.
Taste: Big fruit, and tannic as expected. The tannins aren't harsh - but very present!

The Grade: I give this one an A*. OK this rating needs an asterisk.  I personally thinks it's really excellent - but I am a fan of big bold reds, even those will skull crushing tannins.  I enjoy seeing how a big tannic wine progresses after you open it - how the tannins begin to soften, how the balance of the wine changes.  If you have never had Tannat - and are interested - give this one a try. For less than $20 it will be a fun test to see what you think.   If it is too much - you may try one of Pisano's blends. Just like with Cabernet Sauvignon blends from Bordeaux and other spots - Tannat is used to provide a very interesting star of the show, but other grapes are used to soften and compliment the star. Whatever your choice... Cheers!

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