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2011 Zuccardi Serie A Torrontes 

Salta, Argentina

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$14 Retail

Jesuit missionaries from Chile planted grapevine cuttings in Argentina's northwest corner in the 1550s. But the country's premier white grape, torrontes, arrived much later, and it thrives 5,000 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Andes mountains in the Salta region. Daily sunlight and the very dry climate is tempered by the altitude and the cold nights which help produce fruit with high acidity and distinctive flavors and aromas. Grapes for this wine were hand-harvested from the Cafayette vineyards. The wine rested on its lees for six months and touched no oak. In the glass, it offers a floral bouquet with grapefruit, orange rind, passion fruit and spice aromas. On the palate, taste melon, kumquat, lemon and orange zest, peach, mineral notes and crisp acidity on the dry finish. Drink it with sushi, Thai noodles, scallops, shrimp, chicken salad and cheeses like chevre and Camembert. Buy it at: Rouses on Franklin Avenue.

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