What is Tannat? We are happy you asked because we love to talk about one of our newest wines! Imported to UC Berkeley from Southwest France in the late 19th Century by Professor Eugene Hilgard, this grape has a lot of unique and noteworthy characteristics. Depending on where the wine is made and the amount of oak aging it receives, these reds can range from big and tannic with raspberry aromas (typical in France) to elegant yet powerful with blackberry fruit flavors (typical in Uruguay). Tannat has a firm tannic structure with the ability to age well. In California, It can be lighter in body and lower in Tannins leaving for a drinkable yet complex conversation in your glass.
In 2002, Tannat was approved by the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco to be added to the list of wine varieties that could be produced as a single varietal wine.