Budget Wine: Loscano Torrontes Private Reserve Cafayate 2014

loscanoA perfumed nose of bright peach and lemon in exquisite balance, forceful and focused, enfolded in stony minerality.

On the palate it opens round and fruity with luscious spice notes, medium weight and a silky, mouth coating texture arrested by tart acidity that drives the medium length, bitter-inflected finish. This has the characteristic glycerol mouth feel and soapy quality that is common in Torrontes but none of that is overwhelming. Fresh and aromatic but the weight gives it a serious aspect.

20% aged on the lees in two-year old French barrels. There is no hint of woodiness but the barrel aging enhances the texture.

Torrentes is Argentina’s other wine, playing second fiddle to the better known Malbec. It is probably indigenous to Argentina–a unique wine that takes well to the high altitude in Cafayate Valley which features vineyards as high as 10000 feet.

If you haven’t tried Torrontes this is a good example at a good price. Highly recommended.

Score: 88

Price: $13

Alc: 14%

Lush, full bodied and a little bitter, that’s Joan Armatrading’s lovely The Weakness in Me

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