2013 Artesana Canelones, Uruguay Tannat


Tasting Notes: With the skillful fermentation of each plot of Tannat and the philosophy that less is often more in making fine wine, Artesana has fashioned the quintessential Tannat. The 2013 Artesana Tannat is a beautiful, robust, potentially long-lived Tannat that opens up with a heady bouquet of ripe black fruits, cedar and spice tempered by subtle earth tones. Although delightfully scented and intriguing in aroma, the 2013 Artesana Tannat truly comes to fore on the palate, where it offers up plenty of mouth-filling flavors in the form of black and red fruits infused with hints of dark chocolate, aromatic bark and ripe tannins, all of which come nicely wrapped in toasty oak from an 18 month hiatus in small French and American oak barrels. Artesana’s decision to give their Tannat 18 months in oak followed by an additional 6 months in bottle before release has resulted in a generous, polished style of Tannat with a broad mid-palate and a savory, lingering finish. Serve the 2013 Artesana Tannat cool (60-64°F) after thirty minutes or more of aeration. Too bad only 600 cases of this wine were made.

About The Winery: Artesana appears as one of Uruguay’s new and most exciting small estate wineries. It is located in Uruguay’s acclaimed Canelones winegrowing region, where the temperate coastal Atlantic climate produces growing conditions that are often compared to that of Bordeaux. Artesana is owned by an engaging American woman, Leslie Fellows, and her uncle. Award-winning Uruguayan winemakers, Analía Lazaneo and Valentina Gatti, handcraft iconic wines that express the unique terroir of the estate vineyard. Wines are made in small lots with minimal intervention, allowing the character of the fruit to be expressed. As the estate’s name implies, Artesana is truly an artisanal affair, as all of Artesana’s handcrafted wines are made with 100% estate-grown grapes and showcase Uruguay’s distinctive terroir and its signature grape variety – Tannat.

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