2009 Lazzaro Torrontes – 10.57 – A very pretty Torrontes, in my book, and a steal at this price. Showing pretty white peach and honeysuckle flavors, with a light hint of tangerine. Balanced, and a little more rich, rounded by a tiny bit of residual sugar. Tropical, floral, smooth, with medium acidity – More structure, not overripe, showing well. Serve cold to temper the bigger style for Texas porch sipping.
2010 Sur de los Andes Torrontes Classic – 13.57 – Cafayate, Salta, N. Argentina . Citrus – Grapefruit, plus the hoped for honeysuckle floral action that I associate with Torrontes, with a little more concentrated tropical fruit in comparison to the Lazzaro (mango) – Creamier style, balanced across the citrus on the palate, like lemon curd, with a bit of grapefruit, lemon/lime zest on the finish. Another good deal. Medium bodied. A touch of mineral.– Peachy / stone fruit – apricot nose. 100% of the wine is fermented in a stainless steel tank during 17 days of fermentation using selective indigenous yeasts. Malolactic fermentation has been partially completed.
2008 Sur de los Andes Bonarda – 13.57 – Tangy palate, pretty big ripe nose. Juicy acids. Very well made. Wine style fresh and vibrant aromas of red fruits including cherry and blackberry with a hint of mineral that adds complexity. Racking a tank with staves American and French oak for 30 days in which malolactic fermentation is carried out at 100%. It is the second most commonly grown varietal in Argentina. A great alternative if you are in a Cabernet Sauvignon rut.
2007 Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva – 19.97 – Excellent nose of smoke, lavender, incense, and black cherry; succulent fruit, pleasure-bent. Score: 91 (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com, Dec. 2010). Notes of cherry, cocoa, leather, cedar, blackberry, earth, and a hint of bacon. Medium-long on the finish, with tantalizing spicy-cedar notes.