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Tannat

Tannat is a dark-skinned grape variety originating from South West France. It is widely planted in Uruguay, where it is the nation's signature variety and is now grown in many parts of the world, including the United States and Australia.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Tannat grapes produce deep-coloured wines with intense aromas of plum, blackberry, black cherry and spice. On the palate, the wines are full-bodied and extremly tannic, with concentrated flavours and notes of leather, smoke and pepper.

Fresh Tannat grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Tannat is most famously grown in Uruguay, where it is the country's signature variety. It is also grown in France, particularly in the Madiran and Cahors regions, as well as California, Arizona, Australia and New Zealand. Tannat is a vigorous variety and is best suited to hot, dry climates. It is a high-yielding variety and is best harvested late to maximize ripeness and tannin concentration. The variety's thick skins and high tannins require a careful and short maceration and a long aging period. In France, Madiran wines are usually blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Fer to reduce the tannins. In Cahors, Tannat wines are often blended with Merlot and Malbec, while in Uruguay, Tannat wines are mostly released as single varietal wines. Tannat's bold tannins and intense flavours make it an ideal wine for pairing with rich, full-flavoured dishes. It pairs particularly well with red meats, game and casseroles.

Foods to pair with Tannat:

Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Salad
Fun Fact about Tannat
Tannat wines have been found to have some of the highest levels of procyanidins, a class of antioxidants that may have health benefits.

Top Wines with Tannat

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Bodega Garzón Reserva Tannat

Bodega Garzón

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Bodega Garzón Reserva Tannat is a standout wine that showcases the best of Uruguay's winemaking. Produced by a renowned estate in the Garzón appellation, this wine is crafted from carefully selected Tannat grapes grown in the estate's vineyards. The vineyard's unique features, including its cool climate and well-drained soils, contribute to the wine's exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves meticulous attention to detail, with a focus on preserving the grape's natural flavors and aromas. The resulting wine is bold and full-bodied, with rich dark fruit flavors, velvety tannins, and a long, satisfying finish. Bodega Garzón Reserva Tannat is a must-try for wine enthusiasts seeking a distinctive and elegant expression of Tannat.
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beef
grilled meats
stews
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Dark Horse Double Down Red Blend

Dark Horse

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Dark Horse Double Down Red Blend is a captivating wine that showcases the artistry of winemaking. Crafted with precision and passion, this blend hails from a renowned appellation, known for its exceptional vineyard features. The grapes are carefully selected from vineyards that benefit from ideal soil composition and optimal sun exposure, resulting in rich and concentrated flavors. The winemaking process involves meticulous attention to detail, with a focus on extracting the full potential of the grapes. The result is a wine that exudes elegance and complexity, with a bold and velvety texture.
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Food Pairing:
barbecue
grilled meats
roasted vegetables
hard cheeses
dark chocolate
burgers
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The Dreaming Tree Crush Red Blend

The Dreaming Tree

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3.9
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The Dreaming Tree Crush Red Blend is a captivating wine that showcases the artistry of its producer. Crafted with grapes sourced from select vineyards in a renowned appellation, this wine embodies the essence of its terroir. The vineyard features contribute to the wine's exceptional quality, with ideal soil composition and optimal sun exposure. Meticulous winemaking techniques are employed to create a harmonious blend, resulting in a wine that is both bold and elegant. The Crush Red Blend boasts a rich and complex flavor profile, with luscious dark fruit notes, velvety tannins, and a lingering finish. It is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes, making it a must-try for wine enthusiasts.
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$20.18
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Château Bouscassé Madiran

Château Bouscassé

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Château Bouscassé Madiran is a premium wine produced by the renowned winemaker Alain Brumont in the Madiran appellation of Southwest France. The vineyard is situated on steep slopes with clay and limestone soils, which impart unique flavors and aromas to the wine. The winemaking process involves traditional techniques, including hand harvesting and aging in oak barrels, resulting in a rich and complex wine with notes of dark fruit, spice, and earthy undertones. The wine is known for its full-bodied and robust style, with firm tannins and a long finish.
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beef
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Bodega Garzón Single Vineyard Tannat

Bodega Garzón

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Bodega Garzón Single Vineyard Tannat is a standout wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from the renowned appellation of Garzón, this wine is crafted from grapes grown in a unique vineyard with exceptional features. The winemaking process is meticulous, ensuring that the true essence of the Tannat grape is captured. The resulting wine is bold and full-bodied, with rich flavors of dark fruits and hints of spice. Its velvety tannins and long, lingering finish make it a truly remarkable choice for wine enthusiasts seeking a distinctive and memorable experience.
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beef
grilled meats
roasted meats
game
hard cheeses
burgers
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