Bodega Colome Torrontes 2013
Torrontes from Argentina, South America
Gold Medal Winner: 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Torrontes is the signature white wine of Argentina. A cross between Muscat of Alexandria and the Mission Grape of Galicia, Torrontés grapes typically yield a light, refreshing white wine with Muscat tones redolent of jasmine and orange blossoms.
International Wine Cellar - "Very pale bright yellow. Pure, delicate, high-pitched perfume of rose petal and dusty brown spices. Brisk, tactile and quite dry but with an essentially supple texture--even a slightly glyceral character--to the flavors of grapefruit pith, lemon, flowers, spices and salty minerality. This serious yet seductive example of torrontes finishes with sneaky dusty persistence."
Bodega Colome Winery
Bodega Colome is nestled in the Calchaqui Valley, 2300 meters (7500 feet) above sea level, in the Argentine northwest. Founded in 1831, it is one of the oldest existing wineries in Argentina. In 2001, it was acquired by the Hess Family Estates. Those who enjoy their wines recognize in them the true taste of wines made with grapes of the highest quality and grown in the highest vineyards in the world (7218-10,207 feet above sea level) reflecting the soul of its terroir. Bodega y Estancia Colome's philosophy consists in the commitment to implement biodynamic agriculture, whose principles were outlined by the researcher Rudolf Steiner. View all Bodega Colome Wines
Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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4 ratings, 4 with reviewsWilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA410/16/2014
An amazing wine, the 2013 Colome Torrontes brings plenty of aromatics to the fore: jasmine and white peaches come right up in the wine's nose; medium bodied, some mineral in the flavors and a long, crisp finish. Ends up on the dry side and is a beautiful food wine. 91 Points Wilfred WongAndee - Glen Mills, PA49/3/2014
- Light & Crisp
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- grilled pork chops with lemon grass and fresh savory herbs
Good torrontes, citrus, floral (the usual) but nice body. There is something else I cannot quite place on the initial smell/nose, a spice of some sort. Please anyone help me out:) Whatever it is, I think it gives this a notch up on this one in the Torrontes race. Recommend.deepsouth - Huntsville, AL47/16/2014
- Fruity & Smooth
Great lingering taste. Dry, yet fruity. Excellent Summer choice.manu - Napa, CA52/21/2014
- Light & Crisp
Great freshness and acidity.. Elegant and floral.. Exotic but authentic.. Best value for money..
- Light & Crisp
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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