Yeah, I KNOW that’s supposed to be “Toro, toro”. Going for effect here… work with me, please. Maybe I should say I’m feeling bullish on Torrontés? OK, I’ll stop…
Anyway, I did a compare/contrast of two everyday-level Torrontés… yum. And I was lucky enough to find one from “the” place for this grape, La Rioja.
This was a fine representation of light and lovely Torrontés. On the nose, those luscious white flowers predomindated, with apple and peach notes. There was a bit of spice as well. On the palate, good acidity rounded out the fruit and flowers. Lemon citrus showed up after the peach notes. A short finish, and call yourself refreshed! Be careful to not be thirsty when you open this bottle, because it would be very easy to chug it for quenching. All in all, a good value, every day bottle. 13.5%. $13 at Everything Wine.
The first thing to notice is the colour: nearly clear in the glass, just a hint of the palest straw. This belies the power of the wine, which was surprising. On the nose, the floral angle is what hits first – roses, in this case, reminding me of Grandma’s soap and lanolin. Pear and apple also evident. On the palate, orange citrus really stood out, along with peaches. This sounds like the making of a potentially limpid mess, but the bright acidity holds everything together very, very well. The wine is medium weight in the mouth, again in contrast to what you expect from looking at it in the glass. Another short finish. 13.5% alcohol, at $14.99 from Everything Wine.
My preference? The La Puerta. I was not predisposed to this because it was from the famous Torrontés region La Rioja – as I didn’t know the locale of the Famatina Valley until I sat down to write up this review (doh)! I found it far more complex than the Hacienda – fresher, cleaner, and less one-dimensional. Opening both bottles for tasting at the same time, this was my choice to accompany my dinner of Noodle Box’s Singapore Cashew Curry. I went back to both wines after the meal, and the contrast was even more evident, in favour of La Puerta. Highly recommended as a great value wine – will be perfect in summertime.