About This Wine
Torrontes is the quintessential white wine of Argentina.
Just as the formerly under-the-radar Malbec variety has emerged as the country’s red wine star, Torrontes provides a unique and memorable drinking experience. In trying to describe it, some have said it’s like a cross between Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
The Gewurztraminer reference comes from the wine’s floral aroma — an almost perfumed impression of fresh orange blossoms. The lychee-like flavor is another Gewurz-like characteristic. As for the Riesling impression, that comes from the variety’s stone fruit flavors.
Alta Vista’s “Premium” Torrontes hails from the Cafayate growing area of Argentina, where the climate is ideal for the variety. Meticulous care in the vineyard yields superior grapes, and attention to detail in the cellar produces a wine that is floral, fresh, slightly sweet and absolutely delicious. The 2008 vintage, in particular, was stellar, as our tasting panel members have experienced countless times with Chinese-style orange chicken or spicy Tex-Mex fare.
- Grape Composition:100% Torrontes
- Grape Source:Cafayate Area of Argentina’s Salta Region
- Aromas & Flavors:Orange Blossom, Lychee, Apricot & Stone Fruits
- Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through 2012
- Food Pairing Suggestionorange chicken, or spicy Tex-Mex cuisine.