ARGENTINA WINES

READING BETWEEN THE WINES:

As the number five wine producer in the world, Argentina is rushing to the forefront of the international wine scene. Even though the country has only been exporting since the early 90s (and not really well until the success of the ‘96 vintage), it’s made quite a kerplunk on the market.

While known mostly for its soft and fragrant native white Torrontés and its signature version of the originally French and zealously red Malbec, Argentina is busting out beautiful Old World varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

ARGENTINA WINES

THE REGION

The Argentine wine region covers the warm westernmost area of the expansive South American country. The major regions are the Andean North West (includes La Rioja and Salta), Cuyo (widely known and adored as Mendoza), and the Southern Region.

THE GRAPES

The top grapes used in Argentina are as follows:

Red Grapes
White Grapes
Malbec Torrontés
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Merlot Sauvignon Blanc

ARGENTINE REDS:

Malbec

The Malbec, the celebrity of reds in Argentina, is a mild grape with low acidity. Its juice fashions full-bodied, moderately tannic wines with dried fruit and plum overtones.

Cabernet Sauvignon

A red for those with big, bold wine aspirations, the Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina hits the palate with notes of berries, spices, and even green peppers.

Merlot

Always a smooth red favorite, Merlot grapes contribute the well-balanced and fruity or oaky wines from Argentina.

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ARGENTINE WHITES:

Torrontés

The Torrontés, the celebrity white grape of Argentina, struts some fresh, light whites with big bouquets. These wines hum with floral aromas and raisin and tropical fruit flavors.

Chardonnay

The oh-so-popular and wide-ranging Chardonnay shows her stuff in Argentina — displaying styles from the light and fruity to complex and well cellared.

Sauvignon Blanc

The Sauvignon Blanc wines come off herbally, citrusy, often smoky — and always with a little bada-bing zing. Argentine Sauvignon Blancs are fine whites with much potential.

CHOOSING AN ARGENTINE WINE

Various Argentine Producers

Achával-Ferrer Alamos Ridge
Altos de Madrano Bodega Catena Zapata
Bodega Norton Reserva Bodega Norton Privada
Bodegas Escorihuela Bodegas Lurton (Malbec-Tempranillo)
Caballero de la Cepa Cheval des Andes
Dominio del Plata Etchart
Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin Finca Flichman
Hans Lang Luigi Bosea
Navarro Correas Navarro Correas Colección Privada
Nicolas Fazio Nieto y Sentiner Cadus
Pascual Toso San Telmo
Trapiche (Oak Cask) Trapiche (Merlot Medalla)
Tikal Ulrich Langguth
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