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Anko Torrontes 2017

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Winemaker Notes

Anko means "high water" in the native Indian language of Salta, located in the northwest corner of Argentina. The vineyards are indeed an oasis amid the surrounding jagged, high desert landscape. Anko strives to achieve a terroir-driven Torrontés from Cafayate, Salta - a savory wine with minerals, white flowers, and citrus.

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JS 93
James Suckling

This shows a lot more complexity than many other Torrontes on the nose with notes of kiwi, guava peel, spices, dried apricots, white stones and mango pie. Medium-bodied and textured with loads of clean, fleshy stone fruit, vibrant acidity and a peachy finish. 

RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The floral, fresh and aromatic 2017 Anko Torrontés was produced with grapes from Cafayate, from 15-year-old vines on deep sandy soils. The destemmed grapes underwent a 12-hour cold soak, and the juice fermented with natural yeast without malolactic. It was bottled unoaked. This is winemaker Alejandro Sejanovich's favorite vintage he has done so far. This has the varietal character, but it's not overwhelming, and salinity and acidity that make it a lot more drinkable.

Rating: 90+

TA 90
Tim Atkin

Anko’s enjoyable Torrontés comes from a 50-year-old pergola vineyard on sandy soils, which cuts down on bitterness in the skins. Unwooded and saline, this is crisp and refreshing with notes of citrus and tangerine. 2018-20. Alcohol: 13.5%

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Anko means "high water" in the native language of Salta, located in the northwest corner of Argentina. Wine Enthusiast quoted Anko winemaker Jeff Mausbach as follows: "Salta is a land of extremes—extreme beauty, extreme altitude, extreme sunlight. These extremes make for a singular expression of Malbec—powerful, structured wines with a savory minerality that is very different from other regions in Argentina." In this rugged, mountainous desert, an “Anko,” or high altitude oasis, was treasured as a precious sanctuary, protection from the harsh elements of nature. Our estate vineyards in Estancia Los Cardones, named for the area's majestic cacti which can grow as tall as 30 feet, are indeed an oasis amid the surrounding jagged landscape. The winemakers and co-owners are Jeff Mausbach and Alejandro "Colo" Sejanovich; the other co-owners are the Saavedra Azcona family.
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The Salta region in northern Argentina is home to world’s highest vineyards. Near the town of Payogasta, the Colomé Altura Máxima vineyard is planted at 10,206 feet in elevation.

Salta is part of the Calchaquí Valley, which benefits from more than 300 days of sun per year, subjecting its vines to considerable ultraviolet radiation. The valley experiences strong high altitude winds, even in the “lower” vineyards, which are planted at 5,413 feet. Because of these elevations and resulting extreme conditions, vines produce lower yields and thicker-skinned grapes, resulting in concentrated, aromatic and well-structured wines.

In a truly unique region, the highly aromatic variety, Torrontes, thrives; intense sun exposure allows full ripening, while cooling winds maintain the grapes’ acidity levels and phenolic balance.

Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Syrah, and, particularly, Tannat have the most potential among reds.

Upscale hotels, beautiful colonial architecture, a majestic Andean backdrop and impressive food and wine make the area attractive among tourists as well.

Salta is the fourth most important Argentine wine-producing region after Mendoza, San Juan, and La Rioja. Its oldest vineyards were planted in 1862.

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Unapologetically fun and distinctively fragrant, Torrontés is regarded as the signature white grape of Argentina. In many ways it bears a striking resemblance to Muscat (and in fact is an offspring of Muscat of Alexandria). Sommelier Secret—If you’re in search of a new summer sipper, look no further than Torrontés. These wines are always inexpensive, delightfully refreshing and are best enjoyed in the sunny outdoors at a picnic, poolside or on the porch.

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