The name Torrontés is used to refer to a number of different white grape varieties in Argentina, Spain and Portugal. Best known is the Torrontés Riojano variety, often referred to simply as Torrontés.
Torrontés Riojano is the most common variety, considered to be a national speciality in Argentina. In fact, it is one of the country’s most widely-planted white grape variety. Torrontés Riojano is a natural cross between Muscat of Alexandria and Criolla Chica, the latter better known as Mission in California. These wines are very aromatic and have naturally high acidity.
At their worst, Torrontés Riojano wines can be overly alcoholic, bitter, rough on the palate and lacking in acidity. The best Torrontés Riojano has intense aromatics of fruity and floral notes, are rich and medium-bodied and have balanced acidity. The high-altitude vineyards of the Salta province in northern Argentina are home to some of the best expressions of the grape, with the Cafayate region making particularly great wines. Producers in Mendoza and elsewhere also make exemplary Torrontés Riojano wines. These varieties are also found in La Rioja (not to be confused with Spain’s Rioja) and San Juan.
There are at least two other grapes in Argentina that bear the Torrontés name.
The first, Torrontés Sanjuanino, is grown in the San Juan province and in Chile, under the name Moscatel de Austria. Plantings of this variety are less significant than those of Torrontés Riojano, however, like Torrontés Riojano, Torrontés Sanjuanino is also a natural cross of the Muscat of Alexandria and Criolla Chica varieties. It is less aromatic, though both varieties are considered to show some Muscat-like aromas.
The second is Torrontés Mendocino, whose plantings are even smaller again. Torrontés Mendocino is most significant in the Río Negro province. It also counts Muscat of Alexandria as a parent, though its other parent is unknown. It does not have the Muscat-like aromas common to the other two Torrontés varieties.
In Spain alone, there are at least four individual grape varieties to whom the Torrontés name is applied. They can be found in the regions of Extramadura, Montilla-Moriles, Navarra and Ribeiro. In Portugal, Torrontes is a commonly-encountered synonym for many different wines.
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Areyna 2018 Torrontés (Cafayate)OtherA fresh nose with proper Torrontés aromas of lychee, honeydew and orange ...See Full Review$15
Wise Villa 2017 Torrontés (Alta Mesa)Central ValleyThis is a flavorful and mouthfilling wine that's deceptively light bodied and ...See Full Review$32
Altocedro 2017 Abras Torrontés (Cafayate)OtherSulfur and matchstick aromas sit atop oily citrus scents dictated by terpenes. ...See Full Review$22
Mendoza Vineyards 2018 Torrontés (La Rioja)OtherMild orange blossom aromas are quiet, while this feels wide, bland, plump ...See Full Review$10
Viaggio 2016 Heavenly Delight Torrontés (Lodi)Central ValleyEarthy, veggie aromas and flavors are backed by watery fruit notes and ...See Full Review$21
Chakana 2018 Estate Selection Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvinceFlat, fruitless aromas amount to very little, while this is burning on ...See Full Review$18
Pisano 2018 Río de los Pájaros Reserve Torrontés (Progreso)UruguayRipe apple and peach aromas come with tropical leanings common to Torrontés. ...See Full Review$15
Zolo 2018 Sustainably Farmed Estate Grown and Bottled Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvinceHigh-toned aromas of citrus extract, scented soap and talcum powder are correct ...Best BuySee Full Review$11
Zuccardi 2017 Serie A Torrontés (Salta)OtherFloral aromas blend with melon and tropical fruits to form a typical ...See Full Review$15
Kaiken 2017 Terroir Series Torrontés (Cafayate)OtherLychee and papaya aromas are mild and less than forward. Lime-based acidity ...See Full Review$15
Fat Gaucho 2017 Reserva Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvinceOily citrus and matchstick aromas are pretty common for Torrontés. A round ...See Full Review$13
Tercos 2017 Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvinceTropical fruit, lychee and warm olive-oil aromas precede a plump palate with ...See Full Review$14
Alta Vista 2018 Estate Torrontés (Salta)OtherThis wine offers aromas of green fruits with high pyrazines. The palate ...See Full Review$20
Lewis Grace 2017 Torrontés (Alta Mesa)Central ValleyThis is a bright, snappy, floral and fruity wine that will make ...See Full Review$23
Wise Villa 2016 Torrontés (Alta Mesa)Central ValleyThis is a rich, floral, slightly sweet and rather full-bodied white wine ...See Full Review$33
Markus Wine Co 2017 Insieme Joey Torrontés (Lodi)Central ValleyThis wine is light bodied, subtle in flavor and very dry. Flavors ...See Full Review$22
Areyna 2017 Torrontés (Cafayate)OtherThis fresh snappy Torrontés shows the upside of this often underwhelming variety. ...See Full Review$15
Finca El Origen 2017 Reserva Estate Torrontés (Salta)OtherEl Origen is a reliable producer of this easygoing white wine. This ...Best BuySee Full Review$12
Anko 2017 Torrontés (Salta)OtherFloral aromas suggest bath soap. On the palate, this is light and ...See Full Review$15
Valentín Bianchi 2017 Elsa TorrontésMendoza ProvinceApple and celery aromas are modest. A flat palate with moderate acidity ...See Full Review$12
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