Torrontés is not a wine varietal that a lot of people know, but they should. Grown exclusively in Argentina, this hybrid of muscat and criolla (aka mission) makes a floral and delicious white wine that I love drinking in summer. (And, to be honest, the rest of the year as well.)
The better Torrontés wines I’ve tried are aromatic and fruity (especially tropical fruits) with a nice amount of crisp acidity. They tend to be dry, but can range from light to more medium-bodied. It works very well as an aperitif, but also goes with a wide variety of foods, including spicy stuff and beef (it is from Argentina, after all).
The Terrazas de los Andes winery is located at the foot of the Andes mountains in the Salta region, where many of the best Torrontés wines come from. The grapes themselves are grown at altitude, over a mile high in the Andes. (Does that make a difference? Who knows! But it sounds cool.)
The 2012 Reserva Torrontés has an intense floral aroma and just explodes with tropical fruit and citrus flavors on the palate. I tasted a lot of delicious passion fruit, with just a little spice. It has enough acidity that it’s definitely not sweet, but it’s still bursting with fruit flavor.
I could drink this all day long. A very pleasing and tasty wine that I’d happily serve to guests, especially those who are bored with Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. Drink it while it’s young and fresh.