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Alamos 2013 Torrontes for summer afternoons

With the approaching summer months, it is always a time to search out lighter wines for summer afternoons or Sunday brunches. The 2013 Alamos Torrontes, with grapes from the Salta region of Argentina, may be one of the favorites for the upcoming summer season.

A summer wine
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The Alamos Torrontes comes from the Cafayate region of Salta. The Salta Valley is well known to fans of wines from Argentina. For those not totally familiar with Argentinian wines, the region ranks just behind the powerhouse region of Mendoza.

Like most premier Argentinian wines, the grapes come from the higher elevation foothills of the Andes. With the vineyards located at elevations of 3000 to 6000 feet, the vines are constantly exposed to piercing sunlight and cool, crisp evenings. When you add in the snow-fed waters from the Andes, you get ideal growing conditions for the Torrontes grapes.

The 2013 Torrontes exhibits oranges and jasmine on the nose, with citrus and peach on the palate. The finish will delight you with its crisp and slightly tart ending.

Torrontes is an interesting varietal, with a long history of growth in Argentina. It is the varietal of choice for whites in Argentina and is believed to have been brought to Argentina as early is the mid 1700’s by Spanish colonists. It is primarily grown at the higher altitudes, resulting in more intense flavors from the stronger sun found at the growing elevations.

During the 2013 growing season, the whole of the Salta region experienced near ideal growing conditions. A cool season, coupled with the intense sun brought the best of the grapes out when harvesting began.

During the harvest, the vines were inspected and the fruit was hand-picked. After destemming, the grapes went to press in a cold settling process. During the process the lees were racked off prior to final fermentation. Fermentation was completed in upright tanks, maximum temperature of 55 degrees, for a period of three weeks.

The 2013 Torrontes was 100% Torrontes grapes, with a varietal origin of Salta, Argentina. The alcohol content is a moderate 13%, and the pH is a low 3.33.

Again, this is a pleasant summer wine, with excellent pairings of fruit, light meals, light cheeses and pasta in lighter (non-tomato) sauces.

The Alamos Torrontes was provided as a sample by Alamos wines. More information on the Alamos products may be found at alamoswines.com.

Have a winederful day!