2012 Bodegas Colomé Torrontes Valle Calchaquí Salta
Colomé regularly makes one of Argentina's best Torrontés. This vintage is fresh on the nose, with tropical leanings and lychee aromas. The palate offers pointed acidity and lively flavors of passion fruit, lychee and citrus. This finishes crisp and juicy, but not sizzling or sharp.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It has a very similar bouquet to the 2011, although the palate is much fresher and vibrant with subtle Conference pear and bruised apple notes towards the finish. It is simple, but refreshing. Drink now.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Very pale yellow. Subtly spicy aromas of lemon and grapefruit peel, flowers and mint. Juicy, dry and firm-edged, with spice and floral notes and a bit of unabsorbed CO2 contributing cut and lift. Ultimately a wine of modest material and length for this label. The clean finish features lingering, slightly tart citrus, mint and spice notes. The summer of 2012 brought heavy rainfall in the Colome area, said winemaker Thibaut Delmotte, and production of torrontes was lower than in past years.
Elegant and aromatic, with a chalky edge to the Meyer Lemon, tangerine and floral notes. Drink now.
Fresh, versatile, and budget-worthy, this Torrentes comes all the way from Argentina via current owners, Napa's Hess Collection. If you're curious about Argentina's signature white wine, try this well-vetted example. 90 points, the Tasting Panel: "Silky and smooth with lovely spice, tangy acidity, graceful balance and seamless structure. Long and delicious." (Anthony Dias Blue)