The wine critic, Stephen Tanzer, distinguished a Piatelli’s wine with 90 scores. The wine is Piatelli Vineyards’ 2013 Premium Reserve Torrontés, from vines grown about 5,500 feet above sea level, which offers precise, very pure aromas of white peach, lime and crushed herbs. “It’s a juicy and intense yet weightless fruit bomb on the palate, bracing but not at all hard, with lovely inner-mouth perfume to the citrus peel and fresh herb flavors. The wine received a slow, cool fermentation followed by a brief two months of aging in new French oak barriques to moderate the variety’s typical floral character but it wears its oak element gracefully. And its 14% alcohol is virtually invisible on the very refreshing, dry finish,” described Tanzer.
Torrontés is Argentina’s most distinctive white variety, and has been growing rapidly in popularity in the U.S. market in recent years. “Fresh, scented torrontés wines make stylish and stimulating aperitifs, especially when they come from high-altitude vineyards in the Salta region, in the country’s extreme northwest. More serious versions also partner well with light first courses, especially seafood, and many spicy Asian dishes. Best of all, these delightful white wines will rarely set you back more than twenty bucks,” pointed out the wine critic.
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