The Wine Company


Don Rodolfo Tannat 2017

Tannat is historically grown in South West France where it is the principle variety in Madiran. It is now also the most prominent grape in Uruguay, but we haven’t found any that we want to import yet though the style in more friendly than when grown in France. That said we are seeing the savage Tannat being tamed and that is a good thing. We are all for typicity but draw the line at being accosted. I still have the bruises from early forays into Madiran looking for the wines touted in old cookbooks and by idiosyncratic chefs as the ideal wine with Cassoulet of which I am a big fan. Why “savage” Tannat? The wine can be and until recently was harsh and unyielding with tannins enough to tan hides. Decanting these wines a scary amount of time before serving was the only way to see past the tannins. So what has changed? Blending with other varietals to soften the wine and, most beneficially, the development of micro-oxygenation. Micro-oxygenation introduces controlled amounts of oxygen into the wine during and after fermentation. The effect is to simulate the positive aspects of extended barrel aging. This has led, in the best of cases and we offer some of those, to lovely substantial wines with black raspberry, smoked meats and anise nuances.

Where to find this wine

Accounts that have purchased this wine in the previous twelve months are listed below, alphabetically by city. Please call ahead to confirm availability or vintage

Corcoran Bottle Shop
(763) 420-3114

Mgm - Eagan
(651) 454-3346

Kowalski's Excelsior Market
(952) 229-8300

North Loop Wine & Spirits
(612) 338-5393

(612) 379-3232

Franklin-nicollet Liquors
(612) 871-1511

Kowalski's Uptown Market
(612) 377-3448

Northfield Liquors
(507) 645-5153

Solo Vino
St Paul
(651) 602-9515

Scott's Liquor
St Paul
(651) 690-4434

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