Although it is a French grape, Tannat grows remarkably well throughout the new world. Little known in many places, it is a star in Uruguay, which has adopted this bold variety as the country’s national grape. Along with earthy flavors and spice, Tannat’s rich palate often showcases juicy fruit flavors, including plum and raspberry, and tends to be high in acidity and tannins with a very full body. Usually produced as a single varietal wine in Virginia, its smoky character make it a perfect pairing for sausage, roasted meats, and strong aged cheeses.
Clay-rich calcareous soils and stony alluvial soils.