Tilia Torrontes 2011
Torrontes from Argentina, South America
The nose offers delicate floral notes of jasmine and magnolia intermingled with bright hints of citrus. In the mouth the flavors are full and ripe with concentrated flower, pear and fig. It finishes bright and crisp.
Pairs well with cold salads, shellfish, sushi or serve as an aperitif.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Tilia Torrontes is sourced from Cafayate in Salta and sees no oak aging. It has an attractive bouquet of yellow plum, dried flowers and grapefruit that is very well-defined. The palate is medium-bodied with light peach notes on the entry. It needs a little more tension, especially on the finish, but it is still endowed with lovely light apricot and buttery notes towards the finish."
Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.
The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.
Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners. View all Tilia 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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9 ratings, 4 with reviewsTC Wine Guy - Walnut Creek, CA111/30/2014Diesel and petroleum, bitter and undrinkable. Poured it down the drainppppp - Minneapolis, MN111/17/2014tjowens - Donnelly, ID310email@example.com - Sedona, AZ44/23/2014Charlotte Colmar - Berkeley, CA54/28/2014
CNDP4U&ME - Bowling Green, OH42/7/2014kikinahm - Las Vegas, NV512/31/2013
- Fruity & Smooth
For the price, I enjoy this wine. I've never tried Torrontes before. I would purchase this again.Jonothewright - Honolulu, HI512/6/2013
- Big & Bold
A great bargain here. Featuring floral aroma of jasmine and overflowing with fruity flavors of lychee and tart apricot, yet not overpoweringly strong, this Tilia Torrentes is a wine that you will not only want to enjoy regularly, but will actually be able to thanks to its great price. Highly recommended and great with a garlic pesto pasta.jimwithjen - Philadelphia, PA410/15/2013
- Light & Fruity
I am a big fan of Torrontes and this one is a very good one. If you like Sauvignon Blanc try this wine and I believe you will be pleasanty surprised. This is also a great value.
- Light & Crisp
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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