Archive for ‘Torrontes’

January 19, 2016

Zuccardi Serie A Torrontés, 2013

Value week on Buyingbcwines: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris have all had their day—to a point where no one bats an eye when there’s nothing else on offer. Not so Torrontés. Why? Maybe because the low altitude Torrontés common on the BCL shelves is so different from the high altitude? And the latter, more sere, striking and of course rarer, is not what drinkers think of when they think of Torrontés? Does anyone think of Torrontés?

 

They should think of this especial example from Zuccardi. At the risk of sounding like a ponce, this is both aggressive and seductive. A juicy, grassy, fruit forward wine that evokes Semillon, Sauv Bl and Gewurtz. Absolute pleasure. Gorgeously food friendly. Absolutely unique.  From the high vineyards of Salta.

Zuccardi Serie A Torrontés, 2013

Price: You can still find the 2013 at a few private stores if you’re clever at or around the $20 mark. If you’re not fussy about the year, Everything Wine always has some in stock.

 

Market Liquidity: Start a trend.

April 18, 2012

Manos Negras Torrontes, 2011

Tart but not biting, both fruity and dry, extremely refreshing, a fine companion to anything oily, but slim (if you will) without much dimension.  We liked it, just not enough.  Case in point: It was an aperitif several nights running, enjoyable each time, but never spectacular.  Another wine that Robert Parker apparently loves that we found just OK.  Great label.

 

Price: $19.99 Kitsilano Wine Cellar.

 

Market Liquidity: A trifle underwhelming.