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Members will want to keep this zingy white on hand for Tuesday night dinners at home and large parties—or any occasion that calls for a bright, unoaked and fruity white wine. We’ve tacked on free shipping for a case of this charmer to make this bargain even more accessible.
Fermentation on the lees for a total of 22 days adds weight and texture to this otherwise fruity, floral white. And there’s plenty of fruit here, too: lemon and grapefruit along with a hint of tropical mango along with a core of zesty minerality and lots of food-friendly acidity. Grilled seafood and simple preparations of chicken and turkey are ideal accompaniments, but this wine is so easy to enjoy at the table, it’s hard to think of a dish that isn’t made better by this wine’s clean and crisp character.
The SF Chronicle writes: “Although Torrontes is the most widely planted white wine grape throughout Argentina, only 1 percent of the Torrontes acreage in the country is planted near Cafayate... Cafayate's combination of high elevation (between 5,000 and 10,000 feet), very dry weather, intense sunshine and cool nights brings out the grape's best characteristics.” This bottle is among the best of Torrentes. It also vies for one of the finest white wines in the under $10 category, period.
Reasons why we love it:
Vina Antigua’s Torrontes come from the Cafayate vineyards, a high-altitude outpost (1600 meters above sea level) of clayer soil, warm days and cool nights in the northernmost region of Argentina. This zone is irrigated naturally by flow from the nearby Andes Mountains, and the sandy soil ensures excellent drainage.
While Spain also grows a grape known as Torrontes, it is in fact unrelated to the Torrontes grown in northern Argentina. The Argentine variety is said to be related to Muscat of Alexandria, and it shares Muscat’s highly aromatic and flowery nose.
Winemaker Didier de Bono was born Paris, raised near Lyon and educated at his mother’s vineyards in France. Since 2002, de Bono has worked in Argentina, first at AltaVista where he has one many awards and 90+ scores for this wines and now at Viña Maipu and its sister winery Viña Antigua.
This wine has a very delicate straw color. Aromas of fresh flowers, kiwi and jasmine with citrus notes of lime and grapefruit are followed by flavors of roses, nectarine and orange zest. On the palate, there is a floral entry that is delicate, soft and coating leading to a persistent finish.
Born 41 years ago in Paris, Didier spent the first period of his life in the south of Lyon in France.
The love for winemaking was inculcated by his mother and was with her that he went every summer to work to the family vines.
The decision to study enology was natural in his life and he got his degree in Burdens.
In France he worked in different properties in Burdens like the famous Vignobles Despagne and as technical manager in Saint Emilion y Saint Estephe owned by the d’Aulan family.
In 2002 he established in Argentina and worked until 2007 like the main enologist of AltaVista and as his exclusive consultant until today.
During 2008 he travelled to Chile and continue his career like Winemaker Consultant for Santa Rita.
In 2012 he joins the Viña Maipú team as main enologist.
Didier long trajectory, in the Old and New Continent, is reflected in the special care and dedication of his work in our winery and we are pleased to having him in our team.
Complex and graceful, this is a wonderful match for delicate fish and shellfish, Nicoise salad, polenta and Asian fusion cuisine.