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Camino del Inca Torrontes 2010

Torrontes from Salta, Argentina
  • RP90
13.4% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

We strive for a Cafayate, Salta terroir-driven Torrontés with expressive aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, white flowers, and honeysuckle.This Torrontés beautifully expresses its Salta terroir: explosive aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, white flowers, and honeysuckle. It is balanced and lively in the mouth.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Very aromatic, an imaginary blend of Muscat, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling, dry and spicy.
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Camino del Inca

Camino del Inca

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Camino del Inca, Salta, Argentina
Camino del Inca is a new project between Bodega El Porvenir (one of Salta's most respected wineries) and Vino del Sol. Salta is a vital and unique Argentine winegrowing region, and we believe Camino del Inca is the best representative of this exciting place.

The Southern part of the Inca civilization once ruled where Camino del Inca's estate vineyards are now located in Cafayate, Salta. Salta is in the extreme northwest of Argentina and boasts the highest vineyards in the world (over 6,000 feet above sea level), which results in a day-to-night temperature difference of over 50F, creating extremely concentrated and flavorful grapes. The unique terroir is high desert with poor, sandy soils, perfect for growing Tannat, Malbec, Syrah and Torrontés. The winemakers are Paul Hobbs and Mariano Quiroga Adamo, the vineyard manager is Marcelo Casazza, and the owners and managers are the Romero family.

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), but the primary difference between the two is that Torrontés is almost always vinified to produce a decidedly dry wine. Grown extensively throughout Argentina, it performs best in the Salta region. Small amounts are also planted in neighboring Uruguay.

In the Glass

No one has ever accused Torrontés of being shy in either aroma or flavor. Notes of rose petal, geranium, stone fruit, Meyer lemon, ripe melon and orange blossom leap out of the glass, and the palate refreshes with a healthy dose of acidity and a streak of salinity. Torrontés should be consumed in its youth to highlight its vibrancy and primary fruit flavors.

Perfect Pairings

Torrontés needs no food—it is delightful on its own as an aperitif wine. However, it can be quite a pleasant pairing with Asian or Indian cuisine, especially coconut curries. Stick to lighter fare like poultry, pork or seafood in sauces that are flavorful but not heavy.

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 as a porch sipper.

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