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.
Soupy and baked on the nose, and not that firm or focused. The palate is on the heavy side, with clipped, roasted plum flavors. Rustic and damp, and not doing a lot to push the envelope for Uruguay.
Judging by this example, Uruguay might have some potential for the notoriously difficult Pinot Noir grape. There’s a good helping of rusticity here, but also some nice cherry fruit and an appealing earthiness. Drink up.
This basic Tannat is more acceptable than the winery’s higher-priced reserve wine simply because it’s fruity, short and precise. Of course, it’s tannic and rough, but that’s the nature of the grape and country of origin.