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Bodega Goulart Torrontes 2010
Torrontes from Argentina, South America
Yellow with low intensity, green touches, very intense aroma, rose and fresh grape's fruit are the most distinctive descriptors of this Torrontes. Has a very sweet entrance and aromatic in the mouth with a great balance.
International Wine Cellar - "Very pale yellow. Intriguing aromas of lemon, minerals, menthol and white pepper; reminded me a bit of gruner veltliner. Then tactile and supple but dry, with good density and an almost sauvignon-like tang to the flavors of minerals, ginger and flowers. Should make a very flexible wine at the dinner table. This is made from the more minerally Mendocino clone of torrontes, not the Salta clone."
Bodega Goulart Winery
The Goulart winery is a unique partnership between Erika Goulart, a Brazilian entrepreneur and Mauricio Parodi, one of the most knowledgeable and respected agronomists in Mendoza. Erika Goulart's late grandfather, Marshal Gastao Goulart, is famous in South America for leading the overthrow of the Brazilian government in 1932 Constitutional Revolution. Years after he passed away, Erika found among her grandfather's papers a lost title to prime vineyard property in Mendoza, which was planted in 1915 with Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Mauricio Parodi was stunned by the potential of the Goulart old vineyards. He and Erika worked to restore these vineyards to their former glory. View all Bodega Goulart 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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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.