Wow, this is some inky wine. I am on a stretch of tasting some lesser known varietals for the next few days. Tannat is very popular in South America and is very tannic and raw. I am cooking Strip steaks and Cevapcici sausages, made from ground lamb which is fatty and spiced- I hope the pairing works.
The nose is blackberry jam, some charred oak and red licorice. On the palate it is as expected- fruity, primal, tannic and delicious. This is a wine made for a big South American Asado (grilling). The midpalate is so juicy it makes me pucker. Black currants, blackberry and a touch of mint all hit me. The wine is tannic, but not over dry. Black tea and licorice flavor the back end and the finish has a hint of charcoal. There is a definitive oak influence but it is deft and delicious. 91 points and 5 stars for this $15 Tannat. If you have never ventured into the lesser knowns, here is a good starting point. Drink till 2025. Salut….