Mauricio Lorca Opalo Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Sauvignon Blanc from Argentina, South America
No oak used. A very loyal expression of terroir. Great aromatic potential. Perfect varietal typicity. Soft greenish yellow color. Very expressive. Intense pink-grape fruit aroma. Fresh, with great acidity but keeping citric aromas in mouth. Very good structure. Softness, elegance and persistence.
Sauvignon Blanc is a very food-friendly wine and terrific for appetizers such as artichoke dip, veggie dishes or dips, garlic or Italian seasonings in creamy sauces, fragrant salads - like Greek, Caesar or Garden, Thai food, fish (sushi), poultry and the list goes on.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Opalo Sauvignon Blanc is medium straw-colored with a pleasing perfume of fresh herbs and citrus. Intense on the palate, gooseberry flavors emerge to dominate the flavor profile. Crisp, vibrant, and nicely balanced, this is a Sauvignon to enjoy over the next 1-2 years. "
Mauricio Lorca Winery
Young and highly talented, Mauricio Lorca (chief winemaker at Enrique Foster and formerly of Chilean-owned giant Finca La Celia, Catena, and Luigi Bosca) started creating his own wines with grapes from his high-altitude vineyards in Vistaflores, Uco Valley, just four years ago. All of these exceptional grapes come from 30 hectares of 5-year old, densely planted, surface-irrigated vineyards that produce 2 pounds per vine of Chardonnay, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.
Lorca is also one of the few Argentine winemakers who believes that the true fruit and terroir of a wine should be allowed to shine through; with this philosophy he crafts his Ópalo line without aging the wines in oak at all. View all Mauricio Lorca Wines
About ArgentinaView a map of Argentina wineries (ahr-jen-TEE-nah)
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.
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