Argento Torrentes 2010

Tasting Date: 7/5/2012

Varietal: Argento Torrentes White 2012

Country: Argentina

Tasting Date Price: $11:99

Rating:  WE 87 pts

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Vineyard Website: click here

Visual Aspect: Light, clear crisp.

Nose: Sweet grapefruit, peach, pear.

Palate: Pear, grapefruit with tart finish

Food Pairing: Root veggies, grilled fish, red meats.

Winery Notes: Here at Argento, we have hand-picked vineyards from the best regions around Mendoza, each with its own personality, allowing us to better match all these factors to grape varieties and so develop excellent fruit character, structure and complexity.

Uco Valley

Altitude: 900-1,400m (3,000-4,500ft)

Key sub-appellations: Tupungato, La Consulta, San Carlos, Tunuyán, Vista Flores

Famous for its high-altitude vineyards and cool climate, the Uco Valley sits in the foothills of the Andes about 60 miles south of Mendoza city. Numerous streams of fresh snow-melt irrigate the fertile soil, collecting in the Tunuyán River. In the heart of this renowned valley is Tupungato, or “star view point” in the local native tongue, named after the impressive volcano nearby. At up to 1,400m (4,500ft) above sea level, it has some of the highest vineyards in the world, resulting in cool weather and extreme temperature differences from day to night. This is where Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Merlot strive, as well as a very floral, fresh Malbec with sweet fruit and firm tannins, making wines of great natural acidity and ageing potential.

Central Region

Altitude: 600-1,100m (2,000-3,600ft)

Kep sub-appellations: Maipú, Luján de Cuyo, Lunlunta, Agrelo

On the outskirts of the city, the Mendoza River irrigates the vineyards of Luján de Cuyo and Maipú, two of the region’s most traditional terroirs. This central region ranges in altitude from 600 to 1,100m (2,000 to 3,600ft) above sea level and benefits from old alluvial deposits and the disintegration of minerals from the Andes. The main varieties in this region are Malbec, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon, which yield wines of great structure and intensity. Argentine Malbec was born in Agrelo, and is now the most commonly planted variety in the area, boasting vines of up to 40 years old.

Eastern Region

Altitude: 600-750m (2,000-2,500ft)

Key sub-appellations: Rivadavia, Junín, San Martín

Traditionally the main wine producing region of Mendoza, this area is comprised of the departments of Junín, Rivadavia, San Martín and Santa Rosa and is irrigated by the Tunuyán River. Grape varieties such as Bonarda and Shiraz flourish in this region producing juicy ripe fruit flavors, high in concentration.

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