Thursday, March 13, 2014

#Winechat: Bodegas Carrau

When Our World Our Community (OWOC) invited us to participate in the Bodegas Carrau winechat, we jumped at the chance. I tasted Uruguayan Tannat at the Wine Bloggers Conference, so I knew we'd be in for a treat. OWOC works with four small, family-owned wineries in Argentina and Uruguay: Bodegas Carrau, Cuyum Mapu, Bodega La Azul and Malbec de Angeles.

#Winechat: Bodegas Carrau

2013 Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie

From the highest vineyard in Uruguay (1000+' above sea level); hand harvested grapes; native yeast strain; 6 months sur lie in stainless; light yellow color with flecks of green; an explosion of aromas: grapefruit, melon, and citrus blossom; more of the same on the palate - lively citrus, melon, and floral flavors; beautifully balanced; somewhat creamy mouthfeel into a refreshing finish; 13.5% ABV; 2,250 cases produced; cork closure; SRP $14.

2010 Tannat Reserva

Vineyard grapevines are 25 years old on average; hand picked grapes; fermented in stainless with native yeasts; aged 18 months sur lie in French oak barrels;  cocoa, black cherry, and cream soda aromas; bright red fruits, cedar, and green pepper flavors; tannic and unexpectedly tart finish; 13.5% ABV; 5,000 cases produced; cork closure; SRP $14.

Both wines were tasted with a lemon pepper, salt, and butter roasted chicken and crispy green beans. Both pleasant on their own and great with the food. High quality examples of current wines coming from South America, unfortunately only sold in California. We are definitely excited to try more wines from OWOC!

These wines were provided as media samples.

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