Bodegas El Porvenir Laborum Torrontés 2011, Cafayate, Argentina


Bodegas El Porvenir might be your first stop if you want to visit Cafayate Argentina.  With their winery and tasting room located right in town and a wide offering of products in different ranges, you can quickly acclimatise yourself to what is going on in Cafayate.  Cafayate is essentially ground zero for Torrontés, so no better grape to start with.

The 2011 Laborum Torrontés shows a nose that points sharply towards floral. Laborum is the second to top tier of wines from El Porvenir, and in terms of quality it separates itself from a number of entry level Torrontés wines that can have very strong fruit noses that can get a bit messy.

The accent it seems from Argentina is having easy drinking wines, and the means that is most popular is by making sure the acids develop in the wine, and this wine is an example of how that is done tastefully.  Keeping things crisp and clean, the fruit side is tethered to the ground.  For folks who like sparkling wine, this Torrontés features a bit of that creamy texture, without the bubbles of course.

Musical Match: Lily Allen is looks sweet and flowery, but this video for Smile shows she also has an acid side to her. The song is easy to listen to, and the wine does not put up much of a fight either.

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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