Tuesday, January 22, 2008

St. Lucas Torrontes 2006

St. Lucas Torrontes 2006
Origin: Argentina
Blend: 100% Torrontes
Alcohol content: 13.0%
Bottle closure: Synthetic cork
Purchase date: December 2007
Purchase price: $9.99

Taste profile from the winemaker: "The torrontes grape produces wines with a bold floral bouquet with hints of rose petals, tropical fruit, candied peach and lychee nut on the nose with a zing of spice and crisp acidity on the palate. The result is a fresh, fruit forward wine that is particularly appealing to wine drinkers who appreciate its lively, easy-drinking character."

ABC Wines review: This wine, made from torrontes grapes indigenous to Argentina but thought to be distantly related to malvasia grapes, has crisp, clean floral and freshly cut apple scents. A dry, somewhat mineral initial taste lacking a significant fruit profile is followed by a fairly acidic finish. Allowing this wine to remain opened for 10 to 20 minutes and warmed to nearly room temperature improves its overall characteristics and complexity. Our score: Different, but just average.

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