From Jancis Robinson (18+ points)
'Single vineyard in the Progreso subregion. 25% barrel aged. Clay-limestone soils.
Black core, narrow rim. Riper than the Mar de Piedras 2015 with a touch of fig. Riper fruit aroma but the tannins give a beautifully dry freshness in line with the acidity. A little warmer and less expressive on the palate. Juicy and salty. Very layered and difficult to describe. Powerful and for now closed on the palate. Long and too young to approach just yet but so intense even after the more fruit-forward aroma.'
Julia Harding MW
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Vineyard: Domaine Castelar
Region: Progreso - Canelones
Size: 67 acres
Soil: Expansive clay soil, enabling deep aeration of the profile during
its cracking in the summer; high calcium carbonate content
Domaine Castelar Tannat owes its concentrated fruit aromas to the expansive clay that cracks in the summer heat, forcing the roots to dig deep. Planted by the Deicas family more than 20 years ago, the estate fruit is defined by a bright fruit expression that bursts with energy on the palate.