Offbeat Spring Whites

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2011 Alamos Torrontes Salta Argentina 13.5% $9

Intense balsa wood, lemon, pollen and spicy nettle-toned floral aromas greet the nose. Rich and slightly soft in the mouth, this shows a subtle sweet, honeycomb edge to its slightly gamy, tropical Lifesaver fruit flavors. There's a touch of pineapple here as well as a hint of coconut cream, all layered over some orange-toned kiwi base notes. There's a hint of bitterness that shows up on the back end and lingers on the moderately long floral finish. Not my style, but well done. 87 points

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Offbeat Spring Whites

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Boeckel Sylvaner Mittelbergheim Vieilles Vignes (2009)
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Alamos Torrontes (2011)
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  • Snooth User: Wayne Young
    1109197 62

    It's REALLY disappointing to read these lists where Italian whites are constantly snubbed. Only one Italian variety and it's grown in CA. Spain, on the other hand is CONSISTENTLY represented.

    Apr 24, 2013 at 4:12 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Oh Wayne, Patience. Italian Whites will have a list of their own in just a few days.

    Apr 24, 2013 at 7:23 AM

  • Snooth User: Wayne Young
    1109197 62

    Ah! Now your singin' my canzone! ;-)

    Apr 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

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