Bargain Basement

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from F. Wildman.

I find Torrontes to be a love it or hate it kind of grape. I lean towards loving it, but at times it can have an off-putting “lemon pledge” quality to the nose. Thankfully that was not the case here. We opened up the 2009 Trapiche Torrontes for porch sipping the other night. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume , and retails for around $8.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) Price + quality = total bargain.

2.) Clearly this wine was designed with the swampish DC summers in mind.

3.) It had a ton going on for the price point.

4.) Lots of interesting, value wines are coming out of Argentina these days.

On the nose I found flowers, honey, lemon, pineapple, and tropical notes.  In the mouth I got apple, yellow apple, pineapple, lemon, citrus, honeysuckle, spice, and an almost peppery note. Good acidity kept all the fruit flavors in checking, making the wine refreshing and interesting.