La Rioja, Argentina; 13% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 26 Nov. Also at Oakland on 5 Dec.
This Torrontés is unlike any other I’ve tried, but I like it! The nose is impressively aromatic, of white and yellow: flowers, citrus, and peach. On the palate, there’s more of the same, with the more “perfumy” aspects becoming slightly bitter (especially at a cooler temperature), with plenty of crisp acid. The wine is very dry. There is only a little of the usual Torrontés “fleshiness” to the mouthfeel. I bet Lim13 would like it, although I would describe this wine as medium bodied, not of “rich extract.” This wine would likely be excellent with seafood, although it also went well with spicy Indian yellow split pea dal.
The back label reads, in part,
This Torrontés comes from a dramatic desert vineyard located at 3, 298 feet above sea level in the north of Argentina. …this is a crisp, dry, and intensely aromatic white wine that captures the fundamental qualities of La Rioja’s high-altitude terroir.