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Episode V: Aromatic whites


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Torrontes is so closely associated with Argentina it is almost like the white Malbec! Okay, it has nothing to do with Malbec, but it has emerged as the country’s signature white varietal wine, which is not surprising since these are grapes indigenous to Argentina.

Like Moscholfilero, Torrontes generally produces wines with good acidity, though they may tend to be a bit richer in the mouth. Many examples could easily be included in the light crisp wine category, yet the fall here due to their aromas, aromas that recall exotic flowers, mandarin oranges and candied lime peels, certainly a bit more of a fruity profile than some aromatic whites.

In the mouth, Torrontes wines (whether light or of the richer style) tend to rely on their aromatics, and as such they feature a rather front-loaded rush of fruit, finishing lightly and often with a faint hint of bitterness. That reminds me of another aromatic white variety that lovers of Torrontes will probably enjoy.

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