As Sauvignon Blanc is to New Zealand, Torrontes is to Argentina. This fun, kicky label is no mass-market brand. It's a very small production project from the northern Cafayate region, ideal for growing crisp white wines like this. Importer Michael Skurnik tells the story: "The dos minas ("two chicks" in Argentine slang) of the name are Lucía Romero, who runs Bodega El Porvenir de los Andes in Cafayate, Argentina, and Heather Willens, who came to Buenos Aires via California and has experience working with small wineries in Argentina. Both are champions of wines from the mystical desert landscapes of Cafayate, and both believe that Torrontés is a wonderfully aromatic, food-friendly wine that is among the best of what Argentina has to offer to the world. So they decided to come together to create this small project to showcase the rugged, high altitude Malbec and the elegant, balanced Torrontés that the best producers in Cafayate are capable of making."
By: Keith Mabry
K&L Staff Member
Just because my friend Heather Willen's is one of the two "Minas" behind this project doesn't mean I'm going to go easy on the wine. But in this case, it is perfectly justifiable. The "Dos Minas" represents one of the best most correct versions of Torrontes I have tasted in some time. Capturing the essence of the grape and it aromas of jasmine, ginger and apples while maintaining crispness is no mean feat. This is terrific for lovers of aromatic whites, especially if you get a little tired by softer versions. Great with things like cured salmon, salads of mixed greens and stone fruit or with some salty or creamy cheeses. Now my aperitif white for warm weathered days.
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