2011 Viña Alicia "Tiara" Lujan de Cuyo
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Vina Alicia’s impressive portfolio contains one white wine, the 2008 Tiara, a blend of 50% Riesling, 40% Albarino, and 10% Savagnin (a grape native to the Jurancon region in France). The grapes are co-fermented and the wine raised in stainless steel for one year with batonnage. Light straw colored, the wine has an alluring and expressive bouquet of mineral, citrus, lemon, and floral aromas. Shimmeringly vibrant on the palate, the wine has superb acidity, dry, ripe flavors, and exceptional length. There are only 100 cases of this unique effort for the USA market.
($40; a blend of riesling, albarino and savagnin) Very pale straw-yellow color. Scented, pure aromas of honeysuckle and white peach. Dense and sweet, but with excellent acidity enlivening the flavors of stone fruits, spices, flowers and minerals. This really saturates the palate, conveying an impression of extract without weight. Finishes brisk, long and aromatic, with lovely lift to its floral and mineral notes. An unusually energetic and nuanced white blend from Argentina.
An unusual (especially for Argentina!) blend of Albariño, Riesling and Savagnin, this white spends a full year on its lees prior to being bottled. Fine lemongrass and citric aromas lead to a bright, juicy palate of very good persistence and purity. This is one of the most exciting Argentine whites we have ever come across! (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)