AG Pick: Filus Torrontes 2010

Taking a sniff of Torrontes can be like sticking your nose in a bouquet of flowers. The grape produces white wine that is fresh, floral and aromatic.

Just as Malbec is the red wine grape of Argentina, think of Torrontes as the white wine grape of the South American country.

If you need a touch of spring as it gets colder this fall, try the Filus Torrontes 2010. Its elegant mix of citrus and floral notes are sure to brighten any day.

The Filus Torrontes comes from Salta, Argentina, a region in the northwest part of the country. The vineyards are located at the edge of the foothills of the Andes at an altitude of 5,750 feet. The Torrontes grapes were hand harvested from 40 year old vines. The wine was fermented in stainless steel, preserving the fresh characteristics of the grape.

The Filus Torrontes is bright golden yellow in color with aromas of white flowers and citrus. The taste is a lovely mix of flowers and fruit. Jasmine, gardenia and rose mingle with lemon, white grapefruit, white peach, pineapple and just a hint of white pepper. Gentle acidity rounds out the wine, giving it a pleasant and light mouthfeel. The satisfying finish has lingering floral notes.

The Filus Torrontes can pair with seafood and shellfish, salads, cream or olive oil based pasta dishes, risotto and spicy cuisine.

A bottle of the Filus Torrontes 2010 costs $11.

13% alcohol by volume

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