AG Pick Under $20: Bodega Colome Torrontes 2008

Argentina is not just famous for its bold and spicy Malbec.  The South American country also produces great white wines made from Torrontés, its characteristic white varietal.

If you’ve never tried Torrontés and enjoy drinking white wines, go out and buy a bottle right away.  This grape produces fresh and aromatic wines that have delicate floral and tropical fruit notes.  If you enjoy the roundness of Viognier or like Sauvignon Blanc minus its grassy or herbaceous notes, this wine is for you.

A great introduction to Torrontés is the 2008 Bodega Colomé Torrontés.  It comes from the Calchaquí Valley in northwestern Argentina.  The wine is 100% Torrontés from 30 to 60 year old vines and is aged for 3 months in stainless steel tanks.

Lemon-yellow in color, this wine has inviting aromas of gardenia, honeysuckle and a hint of lemon.  The palate is a blooming bouquet of white flowers, orange blossom and jasmine, rounded out with lemon, grapefruit and white peach.  Well balanced with good acidity and minerality, this elegant wine finishes clean and crisp.

Enjoy this Torrontés on its own or pair it with shellfish, risotto or Asian fusion cuisine.  And since it’s never too early to look forward to warmer weather, this white makes a great summer wine.

A bottle of the 2008 Bodega Colomé Torrontés costs $15.