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."
"This flavoursome and vibrant Chardonnay has aromas of apple, pear, buttered toast and tropical fruits. It delivers well on the palate with a backbone of acidity wrapped in ripe fruit, toasty oak and buttery flavours. Nice length on the end and nicely balanced with the oak."
"91 Points - Wine Advocate. A very dark-colored, ripe wine with aromas of blackberries, a touch of red fruit, and hints of smoke and spices. The old vines are always different in the nose and the palate and this feels like an old-vine Malbec, medium-bodied palate, supple, mineral, rounder, velvety, grapy and silkier. Tannin and alcohol are well-integrated and in the background."
"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."
"89 Points Wine Advocate The 2011 Chardonnay sees no malolactic and 25% new oak over six months. The palate is expressive, with touches of white peach and orange blossom that dovetails into a crisp, linear fresh pear and grapefruit finish that shows fine persistency."
"92 Points - James Suckling. Aromas of sliced apple and lemon follow through to a full body, with creamy texture and lovely stone and apple flavors. White peaches too. Subtle and flavorful."
"Straw yellow with greenish hues. The aromas are fresh, fruity and very complex. Intense green apple notes and tropical touch fruits. The palate is elegant and subtle. It presents a soft and fruity impact that turns buttery on the palate. Its balance between acidity and alcohol is in great distinction and it features an attractive finish."
"Watch this light yellow, slightly green wine catch the light in the glass. With an intense and highly fruited nose, aromas such as peach and fresh apricot blend beautifully with delicate floral notes of jasmine and fresh lime tree. Discern white chocolate, hazelnut, and coconut in there too adding to the wine's complexity on the palate. Deep and well rounded, this is a supremely balanced offer due to the acidity and natural sweetness that characterize this Chardonnay. The finish is elegant and persistent."
"Really substantial Torrontes. Great musky, floral nose. Nearly full bodied with distinct minerality, medium viscosity, yet still fresh in its stone fruit flavors. Not buttery like a Chardonnay, maybe more like a dry Chenin Blanc stylistically than the more typical lighter style of Torrontes."