They call it Special Barrel, and one sniff tells you that this is a Tannat raised in pricey French oak barrels. And that’s not a criticism; the wine is toasty, with alluring charcoal and smoke aromas. The palate is up to it as well, as it exhibits bright, elevated dark-fruit flavors. Nicely balanced for the most part, with plenty of cassis, berry and plum character.
While this ranks as one of the best Uruguayan reds we've come across, it's not a slam dunk. First off, there's the price; $60 is a lot to spend for any wine, let alone one from the frontier. But getting past that there's pretty fruit, purity, texture and balance to this prestige-aimed effort. And it finishes with alluring tobacco and earth notes. The blend is Cab…
Rusty colored and leafy on the nose, with fiery spice notes. This is interesting, dare I say it “old school” wine with core acidity and roughness to the mouthfeel and bold cherry, cola and spice flavors. Gets a bit hot at times, but it’s attractive and a well-made wine.
Cherry, leather and sweaty saddle are the opening acts here, followed by intense black earth in the mouth and dense but ripe tannins. A lovely licorice note perfumes the medium finish. Give it a few years.
The best wine from this bodega. It’s focused and spicy, with black fruit and depth to the nose and none of the weird, rubbery, roasted characteristics that are sometimes found in Uruguayan wines. Round on the palate, with black cherry and cassis. A good option for grilled meats.
Baked, sweet, heavy aromas turn earthy with time. There’s a lot of size and weight to the palate, but it stays lively and shows balance. Toast, blackberry, coffee and spice flavors lead to a dry, tannic finish. Flavorful but not what you’d call elegant. Cab Franc, Tannat, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
This classic South American red has robust, rustic berry aromas that are matched by chewing gum, animal hide and spice. This is muscular stuff, with oaky, spicy, drying flavors of dark cherry and fudge. It’s not a cuddly wine; it could use some aging.
Inky and saturated in the nose, with aromas of chocolate, coffee and red berries. The palate kicks up cherry, plum and chocolate, and the finish is typically dry and tannic. But it’s also tasty and comes in a couple of layers. This wine shows more style than most from Uruguay and would be worth a go with grilled steak.