Pizzorno Family Estates representatives came to San Francisco recently to spread the word about their legendary big wines from Uruguay.
The small country on the Atlantic coast boasts great wines and white beaches. It’s also home to one of the rarest grapes: Tannat. (In fact, it is the main producer of Tannat in the world.)
Pizzorno Family Estates and its Don Prospero label have several reds to get your attention and provide education about the country’s famed grape. Basque immigrants took the robust grape to Uruguay in the 19th century where the locals claim, “It has kept our blood red and our insides cleaned.” Tannat grapes produce a wine with deep red color, wild berry flavor with tannic qualities.
Don Prospero Tannat-Malbec is a rich blend of 50 percent tannat and 50 percent malbec that showcases both varietals. Spicy aromas cascade from the glass with cassis, plum and chocolate flavors. The malbec contributes a fruity character and the tannat provides a firm tannic structure.
Pour this robust blend with roast beef with autumn vegetables and grilled steak.
Tannat shares the spotlight with a fruity and refreshing sauvignon blanc. It bursts with tropical fruit aromas with peach, kiwi and stone fruit flavors.
Serve this chilled with grilled or marinated white meat fishes.
Pizzorno wines range in price from $15 to $50.