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Inclusion of two award-winning tannats in this year’s Virginia Governor’s Cup Governor’s Case suggests that the grape has a great future in the state, where vintners started planting it because tannat’s strong tannins and deep red color could add heft to Virginia wines. Tannat is traditionally from Madiran, in southwestern France, and is also prominent in South America, where it yields pleasant reds from Uruguay and Brazil.
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Vintner Doug Fabbioli overcame the rain-drenched 2011 harvest and produced this delicious tannat worthy of the Governor’s Case. Rich and tannic. Alcohol by volume: 13.9 percent.
Global Wines in the District and Virginia: For now, available only at the winery.
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From a hot, ripe vintage, Horton’s 2010 tannat has firm structure, rich berry fruit and nice depth to serve it well as it ages for several years. ABV: 13.5 percent.
DOPS in the District and Maryland, Service in Virginia: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Paul’s of Chevy Chase. Available in Virginia at the Bottle Stop in Occoquan and at the winery.
Las Violetas, Uruguay, $14
Downey Selections: Available in the District at Chat’s Liquors, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Rodman’s, Whole Foods Market (Foggy Bottom, P Street). Available in Virginia at Cheesetique in Alexandria, Crystal City Wine Shop (both locations), Whole Foods Market (Arlington, Fair Lakes, Reston).
Metro Cellars in the District, RNDC in Maryland: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Available in Maryland at Cranbrook Liquors in Cockeysville; Fairgrounds Discount Beverages in Timonium; Quarry Wine & Spirits, Wells Discount Liquors and Wine Underground in Baltimore; Ridgely Wines & Spirits in Lutherville, Total Wine & More (Laurel, Towson).
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San Jose, Uruguay, $15
This wine has good posture, meaning it stands straight and true, rooted with earthy tannins supporting dark-fruit flavors. ABV: 12.5 percent.
Republic National: Available in the District at Potomac Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s, Whole Foods Market (Tenleytown); on the list at Bandolero and 11th House Wine Bar.