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.
"Furque's Syrah is produced from their 30 year-old vine arbors, located on a sandy-soiled terroir in Uco Valley. This very intense violet-red wine offers developped aromas of berries, leather, smoke and tobacco. With balanced tannins, the finish is long and persistent."
"Floral and fresh aromas, resembling honeysuckle, roses, lemon and grapefruit. Apricot and other citric notes are present. Intense and well balance on the finish with honeysuckle prevailing."
"Toasty and direct, with dark licorice and roasted vanilla flavors leading the way for dark plum and black currant fruit. The palate is big and chunky, with sweet, jammy black fruit flavors. Long, chocolaty on the finish."
"Yellow color with greenish nuances. Very intense aroma of fresh grapes, flower perfume, and mature peaches. Fresh in the mouth. Light and easy to drink."
"Balance, elegance and varietal purity mark Condor Peak Chardonnay. It's delicious and zesty, filled with pineapple, pear, green apple, honey and oak, wrapped into a texture of buttercream and with a long, spicy finish. Delicious as an aperitif, with white meat dishes, and fish with light sauce."
"A warm, Rhone like style of red that has plenty of juicy fruit to be getting into and weight that comes from the desert conditions on the Argentine side of the Andes."
"Elegant wine with apple and melon aromas. The palate is full bodied with round flavor, buttery with vanillin oak and a soft finish in the mouth. The finish is clean with a resurgence of melon and a touch of lemon. Pair with game meat, grapes, soft cheeses, and pasta dishes."
"95pts Wine Spectator. Dark and powerful, yet elegant, with a delicious core of crushed raspberry, blackberry and damson plum notes tightly woven with silky tannins. The minerally finish lingers on with layered flavors of wildflowers, melted licorice and spice box."
"Displays layered aromas of ripe, red fruits with black pepper and toasted oak notes before juicy red berry flavors on the palate; medium-bodied and balanced. The wine has smooth tannins and a touch of oak on the long finish. This wine has a charming character that is perfect for accompanying barbecues, pasta with intense sauces or hard and semi-hard cheese."
"90 Points- Wine Enthusiast. Aromas of blackberry, balsam wood, lemony oak and forest floor lead into a fully stocked, hefty palate. Flavors of black fruits, licorice, herbs and oak finish bright but level. Has ripe berry flavors and an overall balance."