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Snooth User: Degrandcru

Uruguay, Tannat

Posted by Degrandcru, Jul 6, 2010.

So...I am very much into soccer and world cup time is special to me, watching all the games. Today semi final Uruguay - Netherlands. I always liked Uruguay, very nice people, kind of a smaller version or Argentina, without the attitude. So as I had some shopping to do in the morning I came over a Tannat from Uruguay that I tried before and liked / Isla de Lobos Tannat - So I thought I should pick up a bottle and have it with the game (didn't help, Uruguay lost 3:2 and there is no dutch wine out there to try). Anyway, again I was pleasently surprised by this wine. For about $10 for a southamerican wine you might expect a superficial fruit bomb (what you mostly get from Argentina and Chile at this price point, at least down here in Mexico). But not at all...Some strawberry on the nose, very well balanced, high on tannins (but not unpleasant), nice finish. I would have guessed on a Bordeaux or a Rioja Reserva in a blind tasting. Very old world and in my opinion a great value for $10.

Unfortunately Isla de Lobos seems to be the only Uruguayan brand around in Mexico and as it is widely available in all supermarket chains I assume it is a generic brands and not even a better example of Uruguayan Tannat. As I travel quite a lot in South America, I would like to watch out for some more to try. So any recommendations of Uruguayan Tannats I should try?

Damn, the whole bottle gone already. Well, will get another one for the Uruguay game on Saturday.



Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jul 7, 2010.

Vinedo de los Vientos makes some nice tannat and a fabulous desser version called Alcyone that is definetly worth trying.


I've also liked wines from Toscanini and Pisano.

Reply by dmcker, Jul 7, 2010.

I just spent nearly an hour writing up an explanation of my experience with French tannats, with loads of detail, and it just disappeared into the ether. Why is it that if you, after doing a 'post reply', but before final approval, make the mistake of trying to edit the text in the upper box rather than the lower box, all your work just evaporates?

This is one of my major gripes about the Snooth text editor, and is very, very frustrating....

Reply by Degrandcru, Jul 7, 2010.

dmcker: Must have been as frustrating as it was for me to watch Germany:Spain today... So you are going to work on it again? At least you get a second chance and I am looking forward to it.

Reply by GregT, Jul 7, 2010.

D - write in Word, then copy into Snooth.  Too dangerous to use the Snooth site for anything longer than a few lines.  Happened to me this morning too.  That plus the constant invitation to "tell us a little about yourself" no thank you please for the 1000th time.

Reply by dmcker, Jul 8, 2010.

Yeah, I guess I will have to work offline, then cut and paste into the Snooth editor. I won't use clunky Word, though, but rather something a lot more streamlined called TextEdit. Word was good WP software about 20 years ago, when it still had competition, but since MS blew that out of the water it's just become heavier, less graceful and clunkier. Like trying to drive a '60 Cadillac with fins over the San Marcos pass from Santa Barbara to Santa Ynez (or whatever other road you want to imagine). Don't think I need revision histories, etc., for a Snooth post. ;-)

I just dislike having to spend extra time doing this, and wish Snooth could get a little more stable. Will try to rehash the post tomorrow or the next day when I have a little more time, and am a little less frustrated....

Reply by fiona1605, Jul 12, 2010.

The name of the winery producing this wine is Bodegas Castilio Viejo.

I import wine from Uruguay into the UK and the wines are stunning.Currently selling them to very expensive restaurants as well as a michelin star one.

Really are under rated at moment but lots of wine critics think Uruguay is the next happening thing.

Have a look at my selection on the website. Sorry cant ship them to USA though!



Reply by Degrandcru, Jul 12, 2010.

Hello Fiona,

Unfortunately here in Mexico there is very little Uruguayan wine around. Last week I found two dusty bottles at a local retailer that are sitting in my cellar now:

2003 Juanicó Tannat Familia Deicas Single Vineyard

I see you have some wine from Juanicó on your page. You know if the one I bought is any good?

Reply by dmcker, Jul 12, 2010.

Degrand, haven't had enough time to sit and recreate that post on French and Uruguayan tannat wines, and don't know when I will. But one winery I mentioned of the good few I've had from Uruguay was the Familia Deicas.  If the retailer has stored them well, those should be interesting. Drink one and tell us what you think!

Reply by Degrandcru, Jul 12, 2010.

I think they were stored decently, not ideal, but OK. I thought for about US$ 11.00 a bottle I couldn't go wrong anyway. I'll probably open a bottle this week and let you know.

Reply by Degrandcru, Dec 9, 2010.

Another one I picked up for a very decent price:

Hermanos Ariano -6to sentido, tannat 2005 reserva

Ripe plums & raisins, long slightly tart finish. Closed in the beginning but opened up nicely after about 1/2 hour.  Great value. I should plan a trip to Uruguay.

Reply by Shane087, Dec 15, 2010.

Don't know if it is available in your area but Don Pascual is very good and not that expensive.

Reply by Degrandcru, Dec 19, 2010.

Shane, looked for it, but couldn't find it. Got a few bottles of Cuna de Piedra Oak Reserve  2007 instead. Came highly recommended by the store owner. Lets see how this works.

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