While some may consider it unlikely to find a great Tannat in Texas, 1851 Vineyards is a winery that deserves our attention with their impressive 1851 Vineyards Estate Tannat wine from the 2016 vintage.
A hue and aroma that is true to Tannat
Immediately, this Tannat excites dry-red-wine drinkers with its deep purple, almost black hue. The extraction is full, with dark fruit notes of blackberry and black plum, warmed with a harmonious integration of vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. Detect touches of honey as well, along with floral notes, cloves, and dark chocolate. The aroma is persistent and shows little sign of fading in the glass.
A silky smoothness that softens the typical punch of Tannat
A truly silky mouth-feel softens the punch (something for which this grape is known), which is expected from such a powerful wine. Additionally, this wine possesses a viscous body that leaves the mouth coated for a long-lasting experience of its rich flavors.
Flavor and strength of tannin add their impressive contributions
The flavors, as do the aromas, show the skill of producing balance while preserving the wine’s character. Adequate acid encourages salivation and keeps a refreshing brightness that so many deep wines lose.
The tannins begin their grip on the mid-palate and expand as the finish approaches. For a wine of such strength, the finish of this Tannat is soft and graceful and, of importance, totally devoid of bitterness. In fact, the tannins are fine and soft. So, as it ages, it will no doubt offer a complete integration.
At 13.5% alcohol, the wine is well balanced overall with more than sufficient fruit to keep alcohol and tannins in balance — truly great wine.
A rating of 91 to 93 can well be expected as the wine ages. You will find it hard to resist, though, and it may end its life in its youth, as my first bottle did.
C. S. Vin 11-5-18
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