Artesana Tannat Reserva Canelones, Uruguay 2019

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Artesana is a small production, single vineyard estate winery in the Canelones region of Uruguay specializing in Tannat, Tannat blends and Zinfandel, the only Zinfandel planted and produced in Uruguay. Made with the highest quality estate grown fruit, Artesana’s handcrafted wines showcase Uruguay’s distinctive terroir and its signature varietal Tannat. Originally from France, Tannat produces rich, full-bodied wines with dark fruit and spice aromas and flavors. Named for its high tannin content, Tannat has been found to be the healthiest of red wines with 3-4 times higher antioxidant levels.

WINEMAKING

Artesana wines are made with minimal intervention, allowing the character of the fruit to be expressed. Gentle handling techniques are practiced throughout the process. Lots from the various Tannat blocks were fermented separately in small stainless steel tanks. 20- day cool maceration regimes provided excellent aroma and flavor extraction. Barrel aging was done in new and one to four year old French and American oak for 12 months to carefully accentuate the flavors of the wine. Custom blended and bottled without fining or filtration.

TASTING NOTES

Full bodied and redolent with rich cassis and blackberry fruit suffused with layers of licorice, clove, cedar and allspice harmonizing in a long and well rounded finish. Pairs beautifully with pasta and meat dishes including beef, lamb and pork.

Varietal: 100% Tannat
Aging: 12 months in new and 1-4 yr old French & American oak alcohol: 13.8%
Production: 980 cases; 630 exported to the US winemakers: Analía Lazaneo & Valentina Gatti

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