When you think about the characteristic grapes of Argentina, the first varietal that probably comes to mind is Malbec. You may not be as familiar with Argentina’s characteristic white wine grape: Torrontés.
The Torrontés grape produces fresh and aromatic wines that are meant to be enjoyed young. Though Torrontés is related to the Malvasian group of grapes that originated in the Eastern Mediterranean, you won’t find it grown in Europe. The only other country you’ll find Torrontés in is Chile, where it is mainly used to make the liquor Pisco.
For a nice wine to drink with a light summer meal try Finca La Linda Torrontés 2008. This wine is from Bodega Luigi Bosca and comes from Mendoza, Argentina. It’s 100% Torrontés grown at more than 5,500 feet above sea level.
What I like about Finca La Linda Torrontés is that it has a nice balance of sweetness and acidity. It’s a white wine that red wine drinkers will enjoy. There’s just the right mix of floral and fruity characteristics to give the wine depth. On the nose are aromas of rose, lavender, orange blossom and honey. On the palate are fresh flavors of white peach and apricot, rounded out with just a hint of tart green apple. The finish is crisp and satisfying.
Finca La Linda Torrontés pairs nicely with fruit, seafood, salad and grilled chicken. Serve it at your next outdoor meal or picnic.
Finca La Linda Torrontés 2008 costs around $11.
If you prefer red wines, Fina La Linda makes a very tasty Malbec that also costs around $11.