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2019 Alamos Torrontes
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- Cellar Drink Now (2020)
- ABV 13%
- Closure: Stelvin
Although Malbec and Mendoza are the best known names in Argentine winemaking, Torrontés is taking center stage a few hundred miles to the northwest, in the Cafayate region of Salta. It is believed that varietal was brought to the country by Spanish Jesuits in the 18th century. Torrontés is found in the world’s highest vineyards, resting at 5,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level in Argentina. The high altitude growing conditions translate beautifully to bright floral aromas and delightfully crisp acidity in the wine.
Brilliant almost water like colour with greenish tinged edges. Jumping out of the glass are pear, rose water and lychee like aromatics followed by mango and spicy lime notes. Delicious lychee, mango and lime fruits show terrific intensity over a flinty mineral back drop. Finishes dry and spicy with crisp acidity. The aftertaste long and delightfully refreshing.
The citrus 2019 Torrontés is expressive and very aromatic with a combination of orange blossom and spices. It has a serious, dry palate, with pungent flavors, very nice balance and a serious finish that is long and dry, with just a faint bitter twist. This is light-years ahead of the super ripe and sweet versions of the grape that many produced in the past and were difficult to drink. This has high drinkability and should do well with a good range of foods. Drink 2019-2021.
Luis Gutierrez – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate