Savvy wine buyers, searching for the next hot wine trend and value proposition look to Uruguay, which has a long history of producing grapes, but is newer to retailing their wines than its neighbors, Chile and Argentina. The last two decades have seen a spike in quality that pundits the world over have begun to track with enthusiasm. Bodegas y Vinedos Alto de la Ballena in Maldonado near the seaside resort of Punta del Este, is making some of the best. The climate, and specifically the cool coastal breeze, is pitch perfect for making rich and complex red wines. The 2009 Bodegas y Vinedos Alto de la Ballena Tannant is a quintessential Uruguayan red. Tannat is the grape that is leading the surge for Uruguayâ€™s red wine ascension. It is without a doubt becoming Uruguayâ€™s iconic grape. In another 10 years it will be as well-known as Argentina and Malbec. It is a robust grape that oozes character and is perfect for anyone looking for big rich red wines. The winemakers added a touch of Viognier, a white grape in order to add some freshness to this big and brooding red wine.
Tasting Notes: Of a deep violet red color. Intense and complex aroma, in which red fruits, spices and wildflowers blend over an elegant base of vanilla in the mouth, it has a soft and pleasant entrance. Good structure and lingering finish.