I bought and sampled my first Tannat last night. I dropped into a local wine shop and I was greeted by a friendly assistant and she asked “Can I help you find something.” I said yes I am looking for a good Tannat. She did not blink an eye and took me over to the Uruguay wine section. I told her I was impressed as I never heard of the wine until I read about it the other night.
The wine was a Pisano RPF 2010 Tannat. Tannat is unique to Uruguay and I do not know of any other country producing it. The winery can be found at http://www.pisanowines.com/eng/homei.htm . The wine did not have much of a nose on it but the finish was very warm and long lasting. The cost was around $7, so I got a lot of mileage from an inexpensive bottle of wine (Napa are you listening????). You needed a couple of sips to understand where the vintner was going with the wine. The color was very deep red to purple with some sediment. I enjoyed it with my turkey and swiss sandwich, as a pairing (I had no clue what would pair well with it). I would buy it again and might purchase the other three Tannat’s and do a sampling out of it.