Doña Paula Estate Torrontés 2010, Mendoza, Argentina


Doña is colloquial reference for a familiar woman in Andes Spanish where you essentially call them your sister, fitting since Doña Paula is the Argentine sister winery of well known Chilean wines from the winemaking/industrial barrons at Claro.

Tasting at Doña Paula Vineyard Tasting Room with Lucia Mallea
Sampling wines from the Doña Paula Portfolio at magnificent tasting room located at their winery in Mendoza, Argentina. Doña Paula’s Lucia Mallea and Steve Shanahan from bottleDJ. Photo by Linda Susnik.

Torrontés is known to possess a very strong fragrance of tropical and citrus fruits, the 2010 Doña Paula Estate Torrontés throws some white flower scent into the mix.

From there the gulp continues to downplay the fruit (relative to typical Torrontés) and that direction gives this wine plenty of acid to develop.  I like this wine because of the scent and some atypical flavour descriptors.  This wine is quite drinkable, and probably something you may want to pour a second glass of.

Musical Match: David Usher is rock singer/songwrite you may or may not know.  He fronted a grunge era band called Moist where he had his greatest commercial success.  Artistically he now prefers to  write and perform music that is a bit atypical of his grunge days.  His voice and lyrics can be quite floral, but those grunge pipes are still their when a little acid is necessary.  But whatever he does do,  he doesn’t sugar coat his music, and like the wine, that aversion makes room for some other ideas that are less obvious and require some reflection. Just like the wine.

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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  • http://www.duerowine.net Pilar Maria Gil

    Really enjoy your blog, you pair some incredible wines with some great music. Combining both passions is so creative!

    • Anonymous

      Pilar,
      Thanks for the kind words.  The blog has grown to be a much larger beast than I ever would have imagined.  I am not the world’s foremost wine expert, but I seem to have tapped into something special.

      Tell me about Garzal… where are you distributed?  Are you in Quebec?

      Be good!

      • http://www.duerowine.net Pilar Maria Gil

        Hola Steve,
        you are welcome, I really do enjoy your blog. I only discovered you recently and I don’t always (read rarely) have the opportunity to perform the match but it makes good reading and listening all the same.

        Thanks for asking about Garzal, you’re so good to have looked us up! We’re a small family run bodega in Aranda de Duero, right in the middle of the Ribera del Duero wine region. Our range includes Joven, Barrica, Crianza & Kosher red wines. Our Kosher red wine is why we got started in 2005 or so. We don’t export in any great quantity outside of Spain right now but it’s growing slowly, although unfortunately not toward Canada.

        Looking forward to reading (and listening!) your future pairings Steve. I’ve already mentioned you to a few of my friends and collegues and theres an interested buzz about your site. I mean a lot of sites talk about music & wine matching but none that I’ve found actually embed the music and compare the wine so well.

        Regards,

        Pili

        • Anonymous

          Good luck! I will keep your products in mind and look forward to a future opportunity!

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