2007 Viñedos de los Vientos Tannat Atlántida Uruguay
Haven't tried Uruguayan wine yet? Don't discount this little-talked about country in South America; they are producing some pretty special wines, like this fascinating Tannat. The varietal traveled from its native home in southwestern France with a Basque immigrant named Don Pascual Harriague in the late-1800s. Known for its power and robust tannins, this Uruguayan iteration is full, with earthy-mushroomy undertones, ripe blueberry fruit and an intriguing gamey note. While still fresher than your average Madiran, this Tannat is still better with a few years of age to soften its tannins.