Ripken 2008 Tannat
Here’s a first for me. The Tannat varietal is common in southwest France. Known to show inky like a good Petite Sirah and is often swinging a big tannin bat. I was told that Tannat is usually a take it or leave it varietal and at the very least an acquired taste.
Unfortunately, the notes on this guy are not on my holiday list. I am usually turned off by fig and currant, especially when playing their sweet games. This guy is rich with both. The bouquet is fruit forward but the sweet, smoked leather edge is not for me. I did find hints of pomegranate that I found interesting. It was a little different wine once on the palate. The tannin structure was bold and rich and definitely came to party. At 16.4% alcohol, this isn’t a spring sipper. Pull up a chair and stay a while. The finish is long and your tongue will have a coat for winter.
(K&S Rating: 3 of 6)