Top 10 wines in the US press

Artesana Tannat-Merlot-Zinfandel 2013, Canelones, Uruguay

artesana-tannat-2013-coa“This is probably the best wine I’ve tasted from Uruguay”, said McIntyre of this Tannat-Merlot blend. The country is establishing a name for its Tannat, a “tannic red grape from the Madiran appellation of southwestern France.”

“Tannat adds heft, color and tannin”, said McIntyre. “The Merlot softens those rough edges with cherry and plum fruit and a silky texture. Zinfandel? In Uruguay? Unusual, to say the least. Here it adds a sexy, spicy complexity to the wine. All in all, a successful combination.”

Price: $18

2 Responses to “Top 10 wines in the US press”

  1. Charles Garrett says:

    Not in fact – or by any means – Italy’s only white wine DOCG. There is also the (admittedly obscure) Albana di Romagna DOCG, which predates it as a DOCG (1987 v. 1993). And there is Soave, also white wine only, which has DOCG status for Soave Superiore. And going south what about Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino, both white wine only and DOCG in status?

    Not clear whether the error lies with Lettie Teague or the DB compiler

  2. Many thanks for including Artesana’s TMZ on this list and thanks to Dave McIntyre for his review in the Washington Post. We are a small production estate winery specializing in terroir-driven Tannat blends handcrafted by our two award-winning Uruguayan women winemakers. We now have distribution in 12 states. There are approximately 200 wineries in Uruguay, most family run and very small, miniscule compared to Argentina or Chile. I recently wrote an article about visiting this extraordinary country with its many outstanding wines, not to mention gorgeous beaches: http://www.winetouristmagazine.com/new-best-kept-secret-south-america-uruguay/.

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