Mendoza is definitely on everybody’s map for Malbec, which makes producers there quite proud – but also leaves those same producers wanting more shelf space at a wine store close to you for their other reds and whites that they are rather fond of as well.
The Doña Paula Los Cardos Tupungato Sauvignon Blanc is a prime example of what Mendoza has to offer that isn’t a Malbec. On the nose you get a nice trio of tropical and citrus notes plus pear.
In the mouth, this wine is a great example of a balanced Sauvignon Blanc. Every box on the checklist gets marked here: Fruit, Acid, Mineral are all there. The wine may taste a little less fruity than a number of other Sauvignon Blanc offerings, but it is still there and quite appealing.
Musical Match: This wine is both sensible and offers sensitive descriptors as opposed to being loud and brash. I have picked James Blunts 1973 that touches on a Motown Sound but keeps thing in the middle but very engaging and catchy. The wine does the same thing.
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.