Continuing my exploration of Santa Julia’s new sustainable label [+], I opened a bottle of their 2010 Torrontes. Torrontes is often refered to as the white wine of Argentina. It’s not a wine that I drink often (this will be changing), but when I do I am always reminded of the vibrant aromas and flavors characteristic of the varietal. If you haven’t heard much about Torrontes, I am guessing that will change over the next few years as it seems to be garnering a lot more attention with American wine lovers. Santa Julia’s Torrontes is a great example of why there is all this new buzz about Argentina’s wine with a big personality.
Santa Julia [+] Torrontes 2010 is 100% Torrontes sustainably grown in the Mendoza region of Argentina. It has 13.8% alcohol and retails for $10. For more information see www.SantaJulia.com.ar or the importer at www.winesellersltd.com
Now The Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
The Santa Julia pours a pale white gold in the glass. It has a powerfully aromatic nose filled with notes of grapefruit, rose, and peach. The wine is light-bodied and refreshing with vibrant tastes of grapefruit, orange, pear, and ginger and a lively acidity that keeps your taste buds alert. The wine has a long finish and the notes of grapefruit and ginger linger on with a hint of bitterness (similar to the bitterness from an orange peel). If you are looking for a monotone, buttery white wine, skip this bottle…but if you want a refreshing white that won’t leave your mouth bored, grab a glass of Santa Julia [+] Torrontes and prepare to have your palate stimulated. Cheers!
My Wine Rating- B+
Food Pairing Suggestions- Try this wine with Asian dishes, grilled Mahi Mahi, or a summer salad
*This wine was provided to me as a sample for the purpose of review