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Wine of the week: Alamos Argentina Torrontes

There's a secret to Torront?' success: high-altitude grapes.

These high-toned grapes definitely have reach. They're harvested from the Salta region in Argentina's Cafayate Valley, where the highest vineyard is at an astonishing 10,000 feet.

"As you can imagine, it's a bit of a hike to go check on the grapes during the growing season," said Felipe Stahlschmidt, winemaker for Alamos Winery in Argentina. "But this region's high altitudes translate to bright floral aromatics and delightfully crisp acidity in the wine."

Stahlschmidt is behind our wine-of-the-week winner -- the Alamos, 2013 Salta, Argentina Torront? at $13.

It's a terrific value for the quality, a refreshing quench as we move into the sun-kissed days of summer. It has a range of aromas, with high-toned citrus fruit and bright acidity.

Stahlschmidt said that preserving delicate aromas requires a gentle touch, from handpicking the grapes to fermenting at chilly temperatures.

"The result is a series of bright floral aromas like orange and jasmine blossom with a palate of citrus and peach flavors that lead to a crisp finish," he said.

What the uninitiated don't know about Torront? is that it's a signature grape of Argentina.

"Torront? is an important symbol of winemaking in Argentina as we are one of the few countries around the globe that grows and produces this aromatic grape," Stahlschmidt said.

The winemaker said Torront? is definitely his favorite white to work with, even though it's challenging to make, because the results make it worth it.


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