2008 Don Pascual Tannat "Pueblo del Sol" Juanico Uruguay

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Everyday drinking Tannat? Yes it's possible with this unoaked version. This wine has bright red and blue fruit flavors of pomegranate, dried blueberries with a touch of lavendar and graphite. There is good grip here but it is an appealing style that is a great introduction to this varietal. At just 12.5% abv, there is a lot of character and charm in this delicious wine from Uruguay.

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/9/2010  | Send Email
After months of lobbying Keith Mabry (begging actually) to start carrying Tannats from the obscure country of Uruguay, it's finally here. I am very familiar with Tannat from its native home, the southwest wine region of France (namely Madiran and Irouleguy) but kept hearing wonderful things about this grape in Uruguay. It sure is different than its french counterpart, but the essential is there. Sure it has tannins, as it should, but with it, it also has an intense pomegranate flavor, together with ripe berries and vanilla. It is deliciously rich, and full body. Just what I would recommend for steaks (Uruguay's national dish), not to mention a hefty dose of Resveratrol!

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/3/2010  | Send Email
This juicy, easy-drinking tannat from Uruguay is very different from the dark and brooding Madiran wines from the south of France. Aromas of juicy raspberry and blackberry fruit on the nose, accented by notes of spice, are echoed on the palate, which is fresh and lifted with medium tannins. Here we have a great example of the style of Tannat produced in Uruguay: a food-friendly red wine that lighter in body, shows more fruit character, and is less tannic than the French counterpart, but still substanstial enought to hold its own with carne asada. A really pleasurable table wine for the price.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/24/2010  | Send Email
I will begin my monthly recommendations with a wine from a grape that I have never heard of, let alone, write about, and from a country I have never seen in our inventory, the Don Pascual 2008 Tannat, Pueblo del Sol, Juanico, Uruguay. Much like a Northern Rhone Valley village syrah, this deeply colored, peppery spicy puppy is lush and broad on the palate as well as in the nose. It is rich, has incredible grip, balance, and structure (kind of like the way most California Cabernets use to be made like) and has a long, deeply flavored finish. Anderson has informed me that this will definitely be one of our house reds for the month. 12.5% abv (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2010 to 2015

 By: Bruce Vincent |  Review Date: 7/11/2010 
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After a couple of decades visiting Uruguay, and the neighboring wine producing regions in Argentina, Chile and Brazil, I've become pretty familiar with the range of quality in the "southern cone".

Don Pascual has become one of the largest producers in the past 6 years in Uruguay. It's a tiny country as compared to it's neighbors so even scaling-up seems boutique to us. Having said that, the Uruguayan wine producers are not entirely naive regarding breaking into the U.S. and European markets. They have been working to create a niche for Tannat; one of the lesser varietals blended as a tonal accent in classic clarets. They would like to repeat the success their larger neighbor to the west has done with another Bordeaux varietal i.e. Malbec in Argentina Malbec.

This particular Tannat (Pueblo Del Sol) comes grapes about 60km outside the capital city of Montevideo. To give some context, this area gets about as much sun as Sonoma in a given season but with a bit higher humidity. Also, it's as close to the coast as that, but with the ocean temperature being warmer (think Atlantic near South Carolina). This wine is quite decent as a table wine, especially for the price, and has enough structure to complement. I like the fact that it's not engineered wine; Uruguayan producers at this level do not even try to be showy and the result is a wine with decent balance and fruit-forward fragrance. The color is reasonably ruby and less finish as compared to other more expensive, inky Tannat of Uruguay. At this price, the result is a very good wine that is ready now but has 3-4 years to improve.

I was so glad to see K&L start to carry Uruguayan Tannat...for one reason, so that I don't have to bring them back with me from my trips there every year. :-)
Drink from 2010 to 2014

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Alcohol Content (%): 12.5