South America is an extremely important wine producing continent. Many consumers know about Chile and Argentina, the two most important wine producing countries in South America; however, wine is also produced in Peru, Brazil and Uruguay. Uruguay is quickly becoming associated with Tannat, a varietal usually associated with the Madiran region in France. Wine lovers would be well-advised to explore this wonderful variety for its structure, aroma and power.
"93 Points- Wine Advocate. Dark purple-colored, it displays a splendid nose of wild flowers, spice box, incense, black cherry and plum. This leads to an elegant, medium-bodied rendition of Malbec with a velvety texture, superb depth and concentration, succulent flavors with notes of chocolate and black pepper making an appearance, and a pure, silky finish. While it will continue to blossom for several more years, it can be enjoyed now."
"98 Points- Wine Advocate. The 2005 Nicolas Catena Zapata is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Malbec. The brooding bouquet delivers pain grille, mineral, violet, scorched earth, pepper, espresso, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas leading to a dense, opulent wine with gobs of savory fruit, ripe tannins, terrific concentration, and a 60-second finish."
"Brilliantly, light yellow in color with greenish tints. Strong and lively nose, typical Malagouzia, suggesting rose petal with floral aromas and sweet spices, melon, litchi with a note of honeysuckle. Round and mellow on the palate, fat but balanced, high in alcohol with plenty of finesse. Well structured, reminding the nose aromas with a hint of rosemary. A richly textured wine with superb length and balance. A classy wine with long finish and persistent aromas."
"95 Points- Decanter. Deep red with violet hues, delicate aromas highlighting ripe red fruits with hints of mint that are very harmonized with notes of vanilla and chocolate from oak. In mouth, ripe plums stand and a very good acidity with a hint of raisins and sweet tannins."
"An intense yellow and green color, with hints of ripe grapes at harvest time. Its aromas show tropical fruits of banana, passion fruit and pine, while the oak aging gives notes of coconut and vanilla. The palate is elegant, with an equal amount of acidity."
"Crisp and youthful with concentrated aromas of citrus blossom and peach. Fruity and floral nuances underscore the wine's fresh character. A heavenly choice every time."
"90 Points -- Wine Spectator. Offers mineral-infused red fruit and savory spice flavors that are structured and well-focused, accented by plenty of green olive notes. A latent creaminess extends onto the lively finish. Drink now through 2017."
"90 Points- Antonio Galloni. Lively red and dark berry scents are complemented by hints of anise, rose oil and mocha. Sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering intense raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of peppery spices. At once rich and energetic, this Cabernet Sauvignon finishes with nervy cut, supple tannins and a subtle touch of sweet berry fruit."
"93 Points- Wine Advocate. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carm?n?re, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. This 2012 is quite approachable, with its round and abundant tannins and soft acidity, flavors of ripe berries, good freshness and balance."