In its native country or France, Tannat tends to play second fiddle to the likes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot, but excellent Tannat is emerging out of north and central Argentina. The best expressions of Tannat are found in Calchaqui Valley in Cafayate, and in the warmer zones of Mendoza. Tannat produces a full bodied, dry red with dark red fruit character and plenty of refreshing acidity. The wine will often spend a little time in oak or bottle before being released to allow it time to soften.
Tempranillo arrived in Argentina with the Spanish settlers, but it’s only in recent years that winemakers have started experimenting with the grape in the cooler Andean foothills, such as La Consulta in the Uco Valley.