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Dona Paula Torrontes Wine Review

Wine of the Day: 2011 Doña Paula Torrontés

White-wine drinkers: ever heard of Torrontés? If you've never tried this varietal, you will soon. Torrontés — a South American varietal being hailed as the "new Pinot Grigio" — has experienced more than 50 percent growth each year for the past several years. It's known for being floral and fruit-forward yet dry, and the 2011 Doña Paula Torrontés ($15) is a good example of that.

"Tastes like flowers," one sipper said, and the comment was right on the nose (no pun intended). We came up with a laundry list of descriptors for the bouquet, as there were so many: apricots, fuzzy peaches, lime; honeysuckle, jasmine, rose; toasted hazelnut. The dry white's full-bodied mouthfeel almost had me thinking I was drinking a Pinot Gris, only this had a long, bracingly crisp finish that made it more refreshing than its counterpart.

Next time you find yourself on the hunt for a Pinot Grigio, go out on a limb and try a Torrontés instead; pair it with nutty crackers and a rich, semihard cheese, and you'll be more than picnic-ready. Have you ever tried this varietal?

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Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
 @rrindigo Yikes, I meant South AMERICAN! This has been corrected. Thanks!
rrindigo rrindigo 5 years
Hi -    Just thought I'd make a correction.  Torrontés is not South African; it's from Argentina.  As a matter of fact, it's indigenous to Argentina.  It is round and fruity, but has really nice acid.  So it is great with fish, shellfish, spicy foods, and because of its acid, it pairs really well with guacamole.
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