Recuerdo 2012 Malbec, 2012 Torrontes

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Wines from Argentina are becoming increasingly commonplace in the US Market, but I was intrigued to try these boutique bottlings, efforts of a truly cross-cultural collaboration between the people who supervise the Vines of Mendoza private vineyard estates in the Uco Valley (including winemakers Santiago Achával and Pablo Martorell), and the aesthetes behind Napa’s Ma(i)sonry. […]




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Wines from Argentina are becoming increasingly commonplace in the US Market, but I was intrigued to try these boutique bottlings, efforts of a truly cross-cultural collaboration between the people who supervise the Vines of Mendoza private vineyard estates in the Uco Valley (including winemakers Santiago Achával and Pablo Martorell), and the aesthetes behind Napa's Ma(i)sonry.

Of the two, it was the Torrontes ($12) that made a strong impression, its pale straw-green color hiding a vibrant pear-peach-apricot nose, and a captivating mouth of pear nectar and baked apple leading to red pepper, twigs and soft oak. Solid but not overpowering acids. Great alone, with medium-hard cheeses, smoked salmon, spicy foods or even foie gras.

Malbecs of a certain quality aren't hard to come by, even at a lesser price point, which is why perhaps this red had less impact. A rich violet-red color and soft cherry nose leads to a mouth of bright cherries, gooseberries, plum and modest tannins. A good pair for lighter meat or tomato-accented dishes.

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