Reginato Torrontes / Chardonnay Brut NV
Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Argentina, South America
Torrontés and Chardonnay are not common bedfellows, but when you want a crisp, refreshing sparkling wine that promises never to be boring, then this is the pair you want. Chardonnay gives this wine satisfying body and richness, and the Torrontés adds its signature tangerine and floral aromas and flavors. Crack this open with a dozen dancing friends, with your parents over a plate of cheese, or just sip it quietly on your porch. And you will remember that, yes, life is still pretty good.
The Wine Advocate - "The non-vintage Torrontes/Chardonnay is a blend of 20% and 80% respectively, made under the Champenoise and Charmat method. The Torrontes, which comes from La Rioja rather than Salta, lifts the aromatics with some lovely lime and lychee aromas. The palate is well-balanced, with attractive passion fruit and lime notes, crisp acidity and a nicely poised, peachy finish. This is a great sparkling Argentinean wine. Drink now."
Having learned from his father Jose who made wine for over 50 years, Pepe crafts some of Mendoza’s most sought after limited-production, boutique sparkling wines. The Reginatos have always had a ritual of toasting not only all of life’s important events, but also the small joys of everyday life. Unlike other “factory” sparkling wine producers in Mendoza, the Reginatos personally manage the whole process themselves, from grape to bottle. They manage the vineyards, select the grapes, harvest at the optimal time, make the base wine, and then do secondary fermentation at their own winery. They produce both Charmat and “Metodo Tradicional” (Champenoise) sparkling wines, and if you ever get a chance to meet Pepe, you’ll see what kind of hand muscles you can develop after years of hand-riddling bottles. View all Reginato 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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2 ratings, 1 with reviewanne pickett - San Leandro, CA47/10/2014312/2/2013I was surprised, but not disappointed with this Prosecco. There is a definite Chardonnay aroma and flavor to this wine, but in combination with the bubbles, it really tastes good. It is dry and fruity and pretty flavorful. I am surprised to say that like it, although there are others I like more for the same or a lower price.
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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