Trivento Amado Sur Torrontés/Viognier/Chardonnay Blend 2010, Mendoza Argentina


So, Argentina, you want the world to discover your native white grape Torrontés, take note of Trivento is doing: they are blending it with better known grape varieties and slowly getting consumers on board.  Smart.  This wine is a blend, but it is for the most part a Torrontés with some helpers on the side.

 

On the nose you get a restrained citrus, but also a lovely make you feel good sweet creamy smell of marshmallow (not roasted)  I admit my curiosity was piqued.

 

The gulp was a refreshing sorbet of fruit some flower.  The healthy acid covers and cleans the mouth quite nicely.  I called the mouthfeel sorbet as sorbet is usually much lighter than ice-cream.  I find that cheaper Torrontés can feel heavy in the mouth – this blend is refreshing;  Is it complex and sophisticated, no.  But it doesn’t need to be.  I give this wine full marks for being original.

 

Musical Match: Rapper Rye Rye called on a more familiar European rap-euse, M.I.A .to help introduce her new brand of rap in a piece called Sunshine.  Hey: if she hadn’t called upon M.I.A., I never would have given her a listen.  But once I did listen I heard a fun song with substance and brains.  Smart move on the folks at Trivento for getting Viognier and Chardonnay on board to focus some sunshine on their latest and greatest varietal.

 

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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