Garzon Reserve Tannat 2017
An intensely juicy version, with raspberry and red plum flavors that feature pepper and slate accents. Features grippy tannins, with crunchy minerality, on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 6,500 cases imported.
For textbook modern Uruguayan Tannat, look no further than this. A ripe black-fruit aroma melds with flowers, while this is smooth and balanced on the palate. Blackberry and spiced plum flavors are lightly touched by oak and peppery spice, with a steady finish that brings this home.
The 2017 Tannat Reserva was aged for six to 12 months in untoasted and used French wood of varying sizes. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This, despite the alcohol level, feels like an elegant and lightweight Tannat (a grape that can produce some serious blockbusters), but it is very tasty, shows mid-palate finesse and finishes well. In its youth, this is quite the charmer, combining some appealing fruitiness with that graceful presentation and respectable structure. It could use another few months in bottle, but you can certainly drink it now. It's less clear how well it will age, but most will consume this in the first few years anyway. At the moment, you might like it better than the score suggests.