Andeluna Torrontés 2011, Tupungato, Argentina


Here is a little nugget of information Andeluna: it is owned by American businessman Ward Lay, of the Frito-Lay fame.  He has built one of the most beautiful vineyards in Mendoza, with the main building architecture looking a little Colorado-ish in the shadows of the Andes.  Once I got over the thought of Jack Nickelson’s character from the horror movie The Shining chasing me around with a baseball bat, I settled in to taste some wine…. Here is the Andeluna Torrontés #wineandmusic matching.

The 2011 Andeluna Torrontés is a bold, confident take on the always fruity Torrontés.  The nose features strong tropical notes and fruit highlighted by fresh peach.

The gulp was a pleasant surprise as freshness balanced out some strawberry and citrus.  I wouldn’t consider any Torrontés that I have tried to be dry, relative to typical Torrontés it was on the dryish side.  The wine also showed some mineral tastes.  Think of how balanced Sauvignon Blanc is made, and it will give you an idea of how this wine was elaborated.  The wine was full of life, teeming with flavour and very satisfying in a slightly guilty pleasure way.

Musical Match: Torrontés is by some accounts an emerging star in the wine world.  In my humble opinion, this flashy, brash ’11 Andeluna owes a small amount of stylistic credit to it’s classic limestone rocky soils of Sauvignon Blanc vineyards of the Loire valley.  The 2011 version of Da Ya Think I’m Sexy by Ima, a cover of the Rod Steward Classic teems with confidence, feminine power and fun.  Enjoy this guilty pleasure song and drink with the wine,  please let me know if you think the wine is sexy!

Special thanks to the Wines of Argentina for providing me transportation, great lodging, amazing food and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of Mendoza and Cafayate during a promotional tour of Argentina for 10 days in July 2011. This wine was sampled during that promotional tour.

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