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Tannat is the fascinating grape of Uruguay, and is rapidly growing in the US market!

Bordered by Brazil and Argentina, the country of Uruguay is home to many small wineries that were first planted by Basque and Italian immigrants in the late 1800s. Our Marichal winery is headed by winemakers Juan Andrés and Alejandro Marichal, and was originally established in 1938. It is now into its third and fourth generation of family winemaking.

The success of Tannat cultivation helped elevate Uruguay's small, family-run wineries as important pioneers in production of Tannat and this is the reason the variety is considered the national grape. At Marichal, it has been grown and cultivated since the winery was founded. Here the warm weather, cool Atlantic breezes and deep clay soils transform the Tannat grape into a dry, full-bodied wine with notes of spice and red fruit. It is a wine that pairs well with beef and other meaty dishes enjoyed in the country. Marichal_homepage_rev1 Marichal offers four Tannat-based wines:

  • Marichal Premium Varietal Tannat: Well-balanced, medium bodied with a long finish.
  • Marichal Reserve Collection Tannat: The perfect example of an elegant new world Tannat.
  • Marichal Reserve Collection Pinot Noir/Tannat: A unique blend with elegant balance.
  • Marichal Grand Reserve "A" Tannat: Ultra premium, intense and full-bodied.

Just released- Outstanding scores of our newest vintages and press accolades. Be sure to visit our 'Press Reviews' page for a full listing:

In the June 2015 Wine & Spirits Magazine:

  • 90 pts Calcu Rose 2014 Colchagua Valley (Best Buy)
  • 90 pts Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Colchagua Valley
  • 89 pts Gran Verano Chardonnay 2014 Central Valley, BIB 3.0L (Best Buy)
  • 88 pts Meli Riesling 2014 Maule Valley (Best Buy)

92 pts!  Calcu 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, “Colchagua reds tend to be generous in ripeness and opulent in body, but Calcu takes another direction. This is crunchy with nervy acidity. The red fruit flavours are seductively refreshing, showing a lovely intensity.” -Decanter,  March 2015

90 pts! Maquis 2011 Cabernet Franc, Colchagua Valley, “A dark, cedary nose pumps out volumes of baked plum and blackberry aromas. -Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

94 pts! 2010 Maquis Lien, “Powerful even as it is angular, this weaves sweet and spicy scents into the tobacco notes… this is a great vintage for Maquis.” -Wine and Spirits Magazine, February 2015

92 pts + a ‘Best Buy’ 2012 Meli Carignan! “Made from old vines planted in the 1960s, this takes a light, fresh approach, focused on fruit rather than pushing for superconcentration. With its pure, juicy ripe cherry flavor, it could bolster a plate of grilled sausages or develop for a few years in the cellar.” -Wine & Spirits Magazine

Follow this link to our best scores on our newest wines for Fall 2014!

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