2015 Tannat "Reserve Selection" (Marichal)
Marichal, Tannat "Reserve Selection", Canelones, Uruguay 2015100% Tannat FIRM BLACKBERRY, BRIAR WOOD & BURNT CARAMEL, FIRM & BALANCED Uruguay marks, by far, Tannat’s best known home outside of Southwestern France’s Gascony & Pays Basque (distantly competed with by our neighboring Virginia!), and some of the better examples can actually be quite pricy by the time they’ve reached us here in the states. This one, while certainly not cheap, is a great value and impressive in its age-worthy structure, memorably Rioja-esque relationship with oak, and an appropriately potent darkness which, arguably, is the very signature of Tannat. Serving Suggestion: Charred medium-rare steak w/ black truffle butter fries & double-cream/mushroom sauce. Whiskey-fried zucchini chips w/ onions, oregano & melted parmesan.