Thursday, August 21, 2014

Amalaya Vino Bianco

Amalaya Vino Binaco 2012 
Salta, Argentina

This off dry white hails from Salta, the northern most wine growing region in Argentina. This warm, dry climate and rocky, sandy soils translates to grape stress. And when grapes are stressed they have the potential to produce some flavorful juice!

Amalaya one of several Argentinian arms of the California based Hess Family Estates.

Review: The nose is intoxicatingly floral -- in a good way -- with notes of gardenias, honeysuckle, ripe melons, and white grapefruit. On the palate it is a touch off dry and highly acidic, with a silky soft texture and flavors of ripe pears, and citrus zest. The finish has a nice lingering note of honeysuckle and minerals.

This is sure to be a crowd pleasing wine -- balanced sugar and acidity, flavorful fruits, and concentrated minerals. Oh, and it's under $15. 

Food Pairing: Mildly spicy Indian curry. Yum.

Bottom Line: I love the zippiness, brightness and minerality. Summertime in a glass. A great value.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2012
  • PLACE: Valle Calchaqui
  • GRAPES: 85% Torrontés, 15% Riesling
  • BOOZE: 13.5% 
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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