Monteviejo Festivo Torrontés White Wine 2010, Mendoza, Argentina

Looking for a great value in a Torrontés? The Monteviejo Festivo Torrontés 2010 is up to the challenge. Herbal notes (laurel), muted peach, good citrus come together with a crisp body, and a handsome acid finish that gave the wine a degree of warmth on the finish. You won’t be in a hurry to wash this one down. I had a chance to discuss some of my predisposed apprehensions about entry-price level Torrontés with Marcelo Pelleriti from Monteviejo and he attributed the success of his wine to a wine-making process that eliminated all residual sugars – and achieved the crispness that his wine showed.

Torrontés is the white grape that Argentinians call their own. I have tried dozens of them over the last few years and found that at the low price range they have a tendency to have an unwanted cranberry component in the flavour, coupled with a viscous texture that gums-up my tongue. The good Torrontés wines cost a few dollars more and are hard to find. Perhaps customers who have purchased at the low price range aren’t willing to give the wines from the next category up a whirl – that is a pity. A good Torrontés could be a viable alternate to your default white wine choice.

Musical Match: For a Torrontés that I don’t mind letting linger, I will keep the Cranberries for my CD player, not my wine glass thank-you very much. Linger by Cranberries is a pretty song, and Dolores O’Riordan’s vocals are soft and angelic, but have a comforting warmth to them.

Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.

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