A Citrus Bowl

I’ve been in a white wine mood this week, even with temperatures plummeting into the 20s…brr! I reached for the 2007 Stevenot Torrontes that I picked up on my recent trip to Murphys, California.  This wine retails for $18, though I paid something less than that with a discount, it had a real cork closure and clocked in at 13.9% alcohol by volume.  Just as I was checking the alcohol content for you, I saw that the Stevenot folks added a handy little guide to the back label telling you the wine is dry, should be served lightly chilled, consumed within 2 years, and that it has a natural cork!  I wonder if they do that with all their wines?

The nose on the wine is just amazing.  It smells like a bowl of assorted citrus.  I found pink grapefruit, orange zest, lime, lemon, and lychee.  The citrus is incredibly fresh and so prominent.  I’d like to bottle this scent!  In the mouth I found orange, mandarins, and similar citrus to what I found on the nose.

Overall, the citrus dominated this wine both on the nose and in the mouth.  This would be an absolutely perfect summer wine for a hot humid day, something we have a lot of here in the DC area.  The wine was dry, crisp, refreshing, tart, and had great acidity.  Very yummy.

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5 Responses

  1. I personally think ‘Susan Balboa, Crios Torrontes’ is the best example of this varietal.

  2. I love your photo of the wine and glass together, and your description. If this wine were available where I live, I’d try it!

    Madame Monet, in Marrakesh
    Writing, Painting, Music, and Wine
    winewriter.wordpress.com

  3. Lover your comment “… I’d like to bottle this scent!” I have heard that there Orange Muscat has a lovely scent as well. I got a little trick I use to capture fleeting scents like that. check it out. ;-)

    http://winey.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/confessions-of-a-wine-sniffer/

    Cheers!

  4. Love your comment “… I’d like to bottle this scent!” I have heard that there Orange Muscat has a lovely scent as well. I got a little trick I use to capture fleeting scents like that. check it out. ;-)

    http://winey.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/confessions-of-a-wine-sniffer/

    Cheers!

  5. I’ve never had that one Vinogirl. How widely distributed is it?

    Thanks Madame Monet.

    Uzi, I will check it out.

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