Bouza Tannat Reserva 2013

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    Winemaker Notes

    Intense ruby color with violet highlights. Ripe red fruit aroma, plumbs, and dried figs over a chocolate background, with soft tannins.

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    Bouza, South America
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    Bouza winery was born as a family business driven by a love for the countryside and its fruits. They grew hand in hand with a fundamental premise: small-scale work always leads to better results. To achieve this, they take care of and follow the entire process fastidiously, from the vineyard to the glass. They believe that this is the way to, in the long term, reflect the personality that identifies us in our wines.

    For the production of Bouza wines, they only use grapes from their five vineyards, where they work for low yields to achieve better quality. The care they give the plants throughout the year and the selection we make in each vineyard, choosing only the plots that achieve the desired quality, guarantee them excellent raw material. The harvest begins in early February with the Pinot Noir variety, followed by the white Albariño, Chardonnay and Riesling varieties; it then continues with Merlot and Tempranillo reds, generally ending in mid-March with Uruguay's flagship variety, Tannat.

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    Named for its naturally high level of tannins, Tannat is a brooding, rustic, dark red wine that sees its origin in the Madiran region of France. Similar to Malbec’s journey to Argentina from France, Tannat made a similar move in the early 19th century but landed in Uruguay in the hands of Basque settlers. Today Tannat thrives in its warm South American climate, producing a bold, black fruit driven red. Somm Secret—Uruguay producers have the freedom to blend firm Tannat with any other grape whereas Madiran law restricts Tannat’s blending grapes to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and the indigenous grape, Fer.

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    Considered one of the most environmentally sustainable countries in the world, Uruguay is also the fourth largest wine producing country in South America. But in contrast to its neighbors (Chile, Argentina and even Brazil) Uruguay keeps more in step with its European progenitors where land small holdings are most common. Most Uruguayan farms are tiny (averaging only about five hectares) and family-run, many dating back multiple generations. At this size, growers either make small amounts of wine for local consumption or sell grapes to a nearby winery. In all of Uruguay there are close to 3,500 growers but fewer than 300 wineries.

    On these small plots of land, manual tending and harvesting, as well as low yields are favored; this small agricultural country has never had a need for large-scale chemical fertilizers or insecticides. Their thriving meat industry also follows the same standards: hormones have been banned since 1968 and today all Uruguayan beef is organic and grass-fed.

    Uruguay’s best vineyards are on the Atlantic coast, in Canelones and Maldonado (where cooling breezes lessen humidity) or found hugging its border with Argentina. With a climate similar to Bordeaux and soils clay-rich and calcareous, Uruguay is perfect for Tannat, a thick-skinned, red variety native to Southwest, France. A great Tannat from Uruguay will have no lack of rich red and black fruit, lots of sweet spice and a hefty structure. Sometimes winemakers blend Merlot or Pinot noir with Tannat to soften up its rough edges.

    The best Uruguayan whites include Sauvignon blanc and Albarino.

    BVWSWGBB13TANRES_2013 Item# 141617

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