A wine drinker will always return to the grape variety or region they have tried, tested and enjoyed. Often, the thickness of their wallets will guide them, perhaps foolishly, to a particular label.
But please don’t forget about Argentina!
The white Torrontes grape, widely grown in northwest Spain is very heavily planted in Argentina. Alta Vista, a winery in the northern Argentina region of Salta, produces its Torrontes in the area of Cafayate, which has a micro-climate ideally suited to the grape variety – high altitude and excellent soil drainage.
The winery maintains the grapes’ character and the wine’s freshness by fermenting the juice in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks and by not introducing any oak aging into the equation.
Alta Vista Torrontes Premium 2008 (PLCB code 22973; $9.99) has a brief maceration on the skins. There is no malolactic fermentation and that allows the wine to develop rich and concentrated flavors. It has a yellow/green color and the fragrance is aromatic and floral. The taste is light, crisp and fresh with soft fruit flavors of peaches, lemon and honey.
If Argentina wasn’t already on your wine buying map – it certainly will be now.
You can find Alta Vista Torrontes Premium 2008 and other great wines at one of these local Wine & Spirits Shops: