Torrontes is the general name for several sub-varieties grown in Argentina: Torrontes Riojano, Torrontes Sanjaunino, and Torrontes Mendocino. Even though Argentina produces many of the international varietals, Torrontes is definitely a source of pride as the national white grape. It has great potential as a fine dry wine as well as a dessert wine. Some of the best Torrontes is grown way up north of Mendoza, high in the Andes. Winemaker Sergio Montiel at Bodega Calle sources 50% of his Torrontes from La Rioja for its citrus qualities, and the other 50% is from Salta, which is aromatic and fuller-bodied. The hand-harvested lots of organically farmed Torrontes are combined and fermented slowly using native yeasts and aged eight months in French oak for complexity. A great example of the grape for the price.
Flavor Profile: Fuller medium-bodied, fruity with a dry finish. On the nose, there are flowers and stone fruit followed on the palate by orange blossoms, minerals, and pink grapefruit. The finish is fleshy but with balanced acidity. Pair with salads, grilled pork, chicken, and fish. Also great with Asian cuisine.