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Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 4.32.07 PMThere is a big advantage of having a relationship with a local wine shop that you can never truly get from buying wine online. Many times you will be on a wine website and a little pop up chat box will show up asking if you need help with your purchase but it is not the same as a face-to-face interaction with someone who remembers what you buy and like. Our local wine shop is Vinosity in Culpeper, Virginia.

The owner of that wine shop remembers that we really liked her Tannat from Uruguay that I have previously reviewed. She recommended the 2013 Artesana Tannat-Merlot-Zinfandel, which is also from Uruguay and is a blend of those three grapes. On their website, they do not have a tasting sheet on this one so we will have to go with the back of the bottle.

Artesana’s iconic wines are made with 100% estate-grown grapes and handcrafted by our two award-winning women winemakers. This 3-part blend was made in small lots fermented separately, aged for 18 months in French and American oak and custom-blended. Rich and full-bodied delivering opulent black and red fruit, cedar and spice and a generous, round finish. 450 cases produced.

So what did I think?

Color – Dark red with purple hues.

Nose – Red and dark fruit; possible pomegranate and plum.

Taste – Blackberries, with some minerality and maybe graphite.

Finish – Medium to long with medium to high acid and medium tannins.

Overall, I expected a little more from this wine as this blend sounds very promising. It was weird that when you first tasted it, it was good, but then the flavor quickly goes away. I expected the more complex flavors that were on the back of the bottle. Still a good wine just could have been so much more.

Rating: B