We call Tannat one of our “spice rack” wines. It is a varietal that you add just a smidge of to bring added complexity, firm structure, and verve to a wine. Only every few vintages does it compel us to bottle it as a single variety. The last time was 2009. The decision as to whether to bottle the Tannat as a single varietal occurs at the final tasting session just prior to bottling season. Looking back at my tasting notes from that day, there is a dark purple splotch, the word “yummm”, and “YES!!” underlined three times. Not very descriptive but a clear indication that vintage 2012 Tannat warranted its own bottling. Aromas of blackberry and black plum with a hint of sarsaparilla lead into a palate that is full and juicy, with integrated notes of mocha and spicy cinnamon. We grow only about 1 acre of this esoteric varietal, hence our very small bottling of only 138 cases. Get it while you can because if it’s half as popular as it is at our family gatherings, it’s going to go fast!