Santa Julia Magna 2007
2007 Santa Julia Tardio Late Harvest Torrantes - You know the dilemma youre having a big dinner party, youre attempting to match each course with the perfect wine and somewhere on the menu you want to showcase that glorious piece of Stilton, or that torchon of foie gras, or maybe even your fancy-shmancy almond pear tart with an equally as luscious sweet wine, but ouch! All those puny (yet succulent) little bottles of 375 ml Ice Wine, Sauternes and Tokaji are really going to send your drinks budget into the stratosphere. Thats where the Santa Julia Tardio is ready to step in and save the meal (and your wallet)! Not only does it come in a 500 ml bottle (enough for almost nine 2-ounce pours!), but this Argentinean late harvest wine also has all the makings of a very decent sweet wine for a similarly accessible price. Figs, apricots, orange peel, honey all those divinely delicious flavors are there. To be honest, youre not going to get the balanced acidity and complexity of the Tardios more costly counterparts, but neither will you be drinking a cloying, sticky mess of saucy goo. The Santa Julia Tardio is a dessert wine value at its most friendly.
Santa Julia is a label offshoot of Familia Zuccardi wines from Mendoza, Argentina. The wine is named after Julia Zuccardi, daughter of chief winemaker José Alberto Zuccardi. The wines are organic (although not certified under US law) and handmade, with close attention to detail. This is an affordable range of dry and sparkling wines as well as a late harvest Torontes/Viognier blend called simply “Tardio.”