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Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 5.15.38 PMWhen visiting our local wine store Vinosity, in Culpeper Virginia, the very first wine that caught my eye and said to me “must buy!” was the 2011 Bodegas Carrau Tannat de Reserva. First because this wine is a Tannat and Virginia has recently had some fame with this grape. I had one from Delaplane Cellars I love and they sold out quickly and I think it is 2 or 3 Tannat wines were in the Governor’s case from the competition of Virginia wines.

The second reason is that this wine is from Uruguay and I just simple have never had a wine from there. There is no way I could pass this one up. A great story about this winery can be found here. The tasting notes state vintage 2005 so maybe a typo because I doubt they went this far without updating it:

Red rubi colour with deep intensity. Classic cedar and violet on the nose. The quest of harmony and balance with oak. Plums are evident on the palate, roundness, and smooth tannins contributes for an excellent wine. It is an ideal wine to serve with red meat, aged cheeses, and grilled foods. It could age well for five years in good cellar conditions. Served at 18 celsius.

And there is a whole lot more on that tasting sheet. So how was my mouth’s trip to Uruguay?

Color – Garnet Red.

Nose – Spiced blackberries with sweet almost cherrywood so I get it when they say violet and cedar.

Taste – Black cherry and plum with just a bit of spice.

Finish – Medium to long with medium acid and round really balanced tannins.

Overall, this wine was very different than what I have ever smelled or tasted. It was fantastic. I sent my wife back there because I remember it being on the top almost out of reach with about 5 bottles left. When she went back all were gone but 1 bottle! Best wine I have had in a while. Oh, and did I mention under $20!

Rating: A

~Justin