Las Arcas de Tolombón Siete Vacas, Torrontés 2011, Valles Calchaquíes, Argentina

Las Arcase Tolombón is a stone’s throw from Cafayaté in Argentina’s Salta province, a burgeoning wine area towards the north of Argentina.  The vineyard’s geography and climate are indiscernible from that found in Cafayaté as well.

The 2011 Siete Vacas Torrontés nose features powder/peachy flowers.  The fragrance is very tame compared to many other Torrontés offerings.

In the mouth you get a great sense of what balanced Torrontés should be.  Just the right amount of acid to keep it fresh and clean, not enough to emulsify an oil leak in the gulf coast (as in cheap/bad Sauvignon Blancs). The floral notes carry through on the first wave, then some peach washes in on the seconde wave, and they all swirl around with some mineral.  Very nice!

Musical Match: Rise Above 1, sung bye Reeve Carney and Bono from the Broadway musical Spiderman.  This is a beautiful song with a big musical hook, like the fruit in wine. This wine does rise above quite a few other Torrontés offerings from this high altitude wine growing area.

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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