Today’s Quick Sip is Bodega Colomé 2015 Torrontés. Bodega Colomé was founded in 1831 and is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina. Today the winery is part of the Hess Family Wine Estates’ portfolio – a family-owned, fourth-generation company started in 1844. Where Malbec is the jewel of Argentinian reds, Torrontés is the region’s flagship white wine. I first started seeing Torrontés surface in wine shops six or so years ago. Along with rosé and entry-level, less expensive rieslings, Torrontés proved to be a popular summer staple at many of the weekend tastings I regularly attend. Consumers love it! Generally speaking, there is a lot to admire about Torrontés: it’s racy and bright in character, extremely aromatic, floral laced, fruit-forward, food-friendly, and last but not least, [very] affordable.
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Fruit for the Colomé Torrontés is sourced from mature (i.e. 30-60 year old) vines in the Calchaqui Valley. Located in the northwestern region of Argentina, the Calchaqui Valley is known for its high-altitude vineyards – some peaking at nearly 10,000 feet. The Torrontés fruit for this bottling grows at 1700 meters (5577 ft.) above sea level and comes primarily from Finca La Brava in the town of Cafayate. Higher elevation sites are considered very important for Torrontés according to the producer, helping retain freshness and acidity. My recommendation: kick back with friends and enjoy this refreshing white wine with a nice assortment of appetizers. Even though this wine is ripe for summer sipping, it’s a versatile, all-season, any occasion type of wine that will complement a wide range of foods. And now for the good news: you can find this wine online for as low as $10 per bottle! For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.
|Bodega Colomé 2015 Torrontés|
Bodega Colomé 2015 Torrontés (SRP $15): Pale straw-yellow in color, this wine opens with inviting scents of rose water and white flowers followed by lemon zest and orange blossom. There’s a lingering suggestion of wet stone dribbling towards the back end. Medium in body, the aromas, led by floral tones, transfer to the palate leaving a crisp mouth-feel with good texture and a refreshing acid lift. This is a great everyday wine offered at a reasonable price point. It makes for a nice aperitif and will pair well with summer salads, grilled chicken, fish tacos, Asian cuisine, and most stir-fry dishes. Region: Calchaqui Valley, Salta, Argentina. Other info: ABV 13.5%, all stainless, screw cap enclosure, imported by Hess Collection Winery, Napa, CA. Click here to find this wine.
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