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Looking for the next new world hotspot for red wine?Look to Uruguay, which has a long history of producing grapes, but is newer toretailing their wines than its neighbors, Chile and Argentina. The last twodecades have seen a spike in quality that pundits the world over have begun totrack with enthusiasm. Bodegas y Vinedos Alto de la Ballena inMaldonado near the seaside resort of Punta del Este, is making some of thebest. The climate, and specifically the cool coastal breeze, is pitchperfect for making rich and complex red wines. This is a blend of 35% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc and 50% Tannat. Tannat is the grape that is leadingthe surge for Uruguay’s red wine ascension. It is without a doubt becomingUruguay’s iconic grape. In another 10 years it will be as well-known asArgentina and Malbec. It is a robust grape that oozes character and is perfectfor anyone looking for big rich red wines.
Tasting Notes: Thewine has a lively red color and an elegant aroma of red fruits and a touch ofvanilla. In the mouth it feels soft and fresh with mature tannins that provideroundness and equilibrium. Yet it has a delicate but lengthy finish.
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