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L10 by Valentin Bianchi Torrontes 2013

Torrontes from Mendoza, Argentina
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Winemaker Notes

Leo Torrontes is light yellow, with young and delicate aromas of white flowers and tropical fruits, such as pineapple, peaches and white grapes as well as citrus aromas of grapefruit and lime The nose carries through to the palate lending to a crisp and refreshing finish.

Leo Torrontes is best enjoyed slightly chilled on-its-own as an aperitif, or as a great accompaniment to lobster, shrimp, clams and other seafood, as well as chicken dishes, especially those with a creamy sauce.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
What is a Torrontes supposed to smell and taste like? Well, the 2013 Leo is an excellent example of the varietal. Fresh, aromatic and alluring, yet firm and serious on the palate; tasty peach skin flavors, with a note of flowers; crisp finish, with just a faint note of sugar. Perfect with aromatic roast chicken with a toss of al-dente jalapenos.
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L10 by Valentin Bianchi

L10 by Valentin Bianchi

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L10 by Valentin Bianchi, Mendoza, Argentina
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L10 by Valentin Bianchi (formerly known as Leo by Valentin Bianchi), is a collaboration between Valentin Bianchi and Argentine soccer superstar Leo Messi’s Charity Foundation.

Founded in 2007, Lionel Messi, with the support of his family, created the Messi Foundation. The foundation was created with the idea that all children have the same opportunities for making their dreams come true. These are the basics that motivate Leo Messi Foundation. The Messi Foundation’s mission is to act in favor of kids and adolescents who are in a risk situation. The prospects are to work internationally, together with other institutions, to develop projects in alignment with the ideals of the Foundation.

By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza is divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley—two sources of some of the country’s finest wines.

For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec, originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s. Here it found success and renown it never could have achieved in its homeland due to its struggle to ripen fully in finicky climates. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and often blended with one another. The best white wines are made from Chardonnay, and there are excellent examples to be found as well from Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sémillon.

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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 the offspring of Muscat of Alexandria), but the primary difference is that it is almost always vinified completely dry. This results in a wine that smells sweet upon first sniff, but is decidedly not on the palate. Torrontés is grown extensively throughout Argentina and performs best in the Salta region. It is also planted to a lesser extent in neighboring Uruguay.

In the Glass

No one has ever accused Torrontés of being shy in either aroma or flavor. Notes of rose petals, 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. Torrontés also makes for an ideal accompaniment to a bowl of fresh fruit.

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 utilized outdoors in warm weather at a picnic, beside a pool, or on a porch.

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