2012 Hermanos Torrontés Cafayate Valley Salta
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Beginning with the entry-level Hermanos range, the 2012 Hermanos Torrontes from Cafayate in Salta is from 26-year-old vines. It has a superb bouquet of peach skin, pear and a hint of lime flower that has a Riesling-like personality. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins and a precise, mineral-rich finish that shows what Torrontes can do in the right hands. Excellent. Drink now-2016.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Very pale straw-yellow color. Enticing spicy lift to the aromas of white peach, peppermint and floral oils. Juicy, spicy and aromatic, showing moderate depth but good mineral intensity and definition. Finishes quite dry, with a piquant peppery quality.
Argentina has been the focus of a lot of international interest over the past couple of decades, so it's a rarity when you find a winery owned and run by native Argentines. That is Hermanos, started by brothers Osvaldo "Palo" Domingo and Martin Domingo around 1960 when they acquired a small piece of land in Cafayate. This project is making some very good, very affordable wine from vineyards located between 5800-8300 feet (yes, you are reading correctly!) up in the Salta region of Argentina.Today the winery is run by the next generation of brothers, Palo's sons Osvaldo, Gabriel and Rafael. Their Torrontés comes from a high-elevation vineyard in Salta (5,576 feet), and is wonderfully refreshing and bright. Grassy, with citrus and tropical fruit notes.