Wine of the Day, No. 427

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If Uruguay can be said to have a signature grape, it would be tannat, the rough-and-ready red grape indigenous to southwest France. Tannat rarely makes wines of a refined nature, but they deliver lots of presence and grit. A variety I would not expect to see is albariño, so I was surprised and pleased to have the Bouza Albariño 2016, from Uruguay’s Montevideo region, recommended to me at a local retail store. Now this wine is fermented and ages four months 90 percent in stainless steel and 10 percent in French oak barrels, and I would caution winemaker Eduardo Boida not to give it even one molecule more oak, lest the wood become a burden. As it is, the color is a radiant pure medium gold; aromas of peaches, hay and heather open to an array of lemon, lemon balm and preserved lemon, with a background of spiced pear, ginger …

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