100% Torrontés from Mendoza, Argentina.
SRP of $15 and available for as low as $13. Sample received courtesy Blackbird Vineyards for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"La Rioja - Argentina
Memories - recuerdos - are timeless. With more than 300 days of sun each year, the Argentine landscape in the shadow of the Andés Mountains - is the sentinel of our memories.
The Torrontés comes from a dramatic desert vineyard located at 2,625 feet above sea level in the North of Argentina.
Created by The Vines of Mendoza with acclaimed consulting winemaker, Santiago Achaval, Torrontés is a crisp, dry, and intensely aromatic white wine that captures the fundamental qualities of high altitude terroir.
As I mentioned in the title and as you can see from the quote above, this is indeed a wine with altitude. This wine, along with the Recuerdo Malbec that we previously reviewed, are the two debut offerings from a new label that focuses on producing wines at higher altitudes.
Why high altitude you may ask? It is thought that the greater difference between the day and night temperature at higher altitudes helps to produce more flavorful grapes and even that the grapes themselves develop thicker skins. Thicker skins could mean more of those much desired and talked about antioxidants. Certainly sounds good, but let's find out how it tastes.
The 2010 Recuerdo Wines Torrontés smells syrupy sweet with aromas of citrus, floral, honeysuckle and peach. The wine tastes very nice and has a crisp liveliness to it. The predominant flavors are lemon, peach and little honey. The very refreshing, medium-length finish features lingering fruit with a little underlying minerality. Very nice.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.