vallisto tannat

tannat 2021


Another fine example of Pancho Lavaque harnessing precious history, making this magical Tannat from vines planted over 100 years ago at Quebrada de San Luis in Cafayate. The wine is true to the varietal in its virtually black appearance and the distinctly mineral profile of the nose. This teams up with aromas of black olive tapenade and molasses. In the mouth there is a happy austerity at play, not merely from Tannat’s famous tannic muscle but also from delicious balancing acidity. This Tannat does not need many years in bottle to be approached, far from it. It’s big and it’s bold, but you don’t need a knife and fork to tackle it. Aged for 12 months in concrete tanks prior to release, only 5,000 bottles made.

92/100 points Tim Atkin’s Argentina Special Report 2023