Luigi Bosca Prestige Metodo Tradicionel Sparkling, Mendoza, Argentina

Argentine wine makers are quite innovative at times with anything from irrigation to wine making techniques.  They do, occasionally, play by the rules as well.  The Luigi Bosca Prestige Metodo Tradicionel Sprakling wine is, as the Spanish name suggests, a sparkling wine made in the traditional Champagne method.

Tasting at Luigi Bosca
Gustavo Arizu, bottleDJ Steve Shanahan and Hugo Stabio talk wine in the Luigi Bosca tasting room. Photo by Linda Susnik.

Smelling of strawberry, raspberry, some baby powder and marzipan, the nose offers some original variation on a well known theme.

I was intrigued by the texture, it was thick more than the creamy.  I liked it.  Keep in mind following the same method doesn’t mean you will get the same results when other factors come into play.  Different climate and geography will change the results of traditional methods.  The gulp held the same descriptors as the nose.

Musical Match: The Fugees, Killing Me Softly.  This remake song came out as a new take on a well established standard, it is thick with layers, but not busy. The wine gets a big round feel from the fruit and the texture, and brings some fresh innovation to a well established genre.  Not all fans of the original would necessarily fall in love with the new version of the song, but the song gained a new and wider audience.  The wine may have a similar destiny.


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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