This week we reviewed a summer-worthy red wine, out of Uruguay. Originally from Europe (Basque region), the Tannat grape is big, bold, and juicy, but not as heavy as a Cabernet or Zinfandel, making it a great choice for wine to pair with barbecue, outdoor dining, or warm weather entertaining.
Wine: Bodega Garzon 2013 Tannat, Uruguay
Varietals: 100% Tannat
Color: Dark ruby red, with glints of violet on the rim
Notes: Light oak on the nose, with leather, spice, and malolactic fermentation present. Juicy raspberries on the palate, along with dark cherry, blackberry, and plum. Finish is dry and long, with very long legs. Medium bodied, and silky.
Pairing: Pair with wine with your favorite barbecue dish, like spare ribs, a New York strip, or vegetarian balsamic portabello mushrooms on the grill. Also makes a great wine to pair with pizza!
Recommendation: An excellent red wine choice for summer, or any time of year. Drink now through 2017.
Suggested retail price: $19.99
It’s also worth noting that Bodega Garzon makes efforts to reduce their carbon footprint by lowering water consumption during their production processes, using low-emission local equipment, responsible waste management, and captures rainwater to use in watering the vineyards. Biodiversity is at the forefront of their brand mission, and the care they take for their land shows in the high quality products they put into each bottle.