Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: **** $ Tittarelli Torrontes Reserva, Tierra de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Mendoza Torrontes.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Torrontes is a very popular white wine varietal hailing particularly from Argentina.  Today we are sampling a value-priced version, aged for a full eight years.

Original tasting and review : This is Tittarelli Torrontes Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006, finished at 14% alcohol and aged a full eight years from vintage date before first sampling.

In the glass: Clear, bright light yellow.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fresh stainless steel and citrus/lemon elements.  From the aroma, seems like this will be quite fresh and youthful for its age, not showing any of the butterscotch or oxidation on the nose that might be associated with eight years of bottle aging.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sleek, lightly sweet, full of a linen lustre and sheen.  This bring gobs of fat, fresh pears and ripe peaches wrapped in a sleek, savory robe of restrained minerality.  Shows no hint of its age, but shows all of the body and integration that you might hope for with that amount of time in bottle.

In summary: Overall, rates a full four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  At its price point, this is a raving best value.  Beyond that, it is a white wine for the cellar!

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Mendoza Torrontes.

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