Tapiz Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Mendoza, Argentina

The 2011 Tapiz Sauvignon Blanc is not a wussy, light Sauvignon Blanc. Things that are light and wussy tend not to offend, and are safe for service because they won’t rub anybody the wrong way.  This wine stands out and forces you match it with the right food.

Alfrdeo Frigero From Tapiz

Alfredo Frigero from Fincas Patagonicas S.A. (Tapiz) walks through some barrel and bottle samples in the Tapiz cellar. Photo by Linda Susnik.

Grapefruit is the first thing that comes to mind when the fragrance hits the nose, but herbs are also present.  I also picked up another scent, a very faint smell of overdone popcorn.  The latter descriptor is not a problem as it works well as a subtle accent to the overall bouquet which is fruity and herbaceous.

The grapefruit becomes sharper in the mouth, it has floral notes and even a bit of earthy notes.  The acid is strong, but not bothersome.

Musical Match: Siouxie & the Banshees branded “The Passenger” with their patented sound while respecting the original classic version.  Tapiz makes an interesting take on Sauvignon Blanc, while keeping it recognizable as a Sauvingon Blanc.  Not everybody who hears Siouxie’s music will necessarily fall in love with, that’s the price you pay for artisitc endeavour. I think this wine also takes the same path of being original, and being memorable, without trying to please everybody. Cheers and enjoy!

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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