Move Over Monsieur Sauvignon Blanc! Señor Torrentes is in Town.

/ Updated on July 17, 2020

I am amazed how quickly Sauvignon Blanc became the white wine of choice for so many people. After a quick stop at Pinot Grigio, the world of non-chardonnay drinkers (and even part of the world of chardonnay drinkers) yearning for a tad more zip and flavor flocked to Sauvignon Blanc. And they were rewarded with a wine with oodles of grapefruit and grass flavors. (You will often see wine writers also use the term gooseberry to describe a flavor in Sauvignon Blanc. Since I only recently tasted an actual gooseberry for the first time, I assume that at least some readers don’t know what it is either. But if you’re asked, just say it’s a berry that tastes like Sauvignon Blanc.)

As with many wine grape varieties there are a lot of styles of Sauvignon Blanc but the one that really seemed to catch on is the ultra-grassy/grapefruit style of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Enter Señor Torrentes, the white grape from Argentina and in particular the areas of Salta and Mendoza’s Uco Valley. Torrentes is an aromatic grape with flavors and aromas of citrus, peach and apricot with less of the acidic zip/bite that many Sauvignon Blancs have. Torrentes is one of those wines that I like to say “has an illusion of sweetness” in that it is bursting with bright fruit flavors that on first blush one associates with sweetness but actually has very little in the way of residual sugar. In other words, it is technically a “dry” wine in that it has low levels of any sugar but because of its fruit, it seems like it is sweet. Oh yes … and it is luscious and refreshing!

And one of the best things about Torrentes is its value. Here is a high-quality wine that lovers of aromatic white wines (wines such as Gewertztraminer, Viognier and of course Sauvignon Blanc) can really enjoy at very reasonable prices.

As far as food pairing goes, Torrentes is the perfect accompaniment to Asian preparations and dishes that have a bit of heat to them. Ahhh that refreshing splash of fruit flavor to tame some heat.

A few Torrentes that I can recommend which are about $15 or less are: Susana Balbo, Crios, Mendoza, Argentina; Zuccardi, Series A, Salta, Mendoza, and Fabre-Montmayou, Mendoza, Argentina.

While Sauvignon Blanc champs like Cloudy Bay and Kim Crawford shouldn’t necessarily run for the hills just yet, I do see the potential for Torrentes to make a significant statement in the U.S. market, and perhaps make some converts out of drinkers of aromatic white wines like Sauvignon Blanc.



If you enjoyed this article CLICK HERE to join the Cuvée Ray Wine Lovers Facebook Group for some fun wine discussions among wine lovers.

Cuvée Ray Kurz

About the Author

Cuvée Ray Kurz is a sommelier, wine consultant and wine educator. He has been awarded his sommelier certificate and his Certified Specialist of Wine by the Society of Wine Educators and is now working on his Diploma Level 4 Certification which is the recognized final step before applying to enter the Master of Wine program. Ray was the owner of Cuvée Ray Wine Bar and Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner. He owned a “virtual winery” offering wine under his “Social Cluster” label and recently launched Cuvée Ray Wine Academy which conducts educational wine tastings, dinners, and similar events at restaurants and for private groups at homes, clubhouses and other venues. View all articles written by Cuvée Ray Kurz

Add Your Comment

What would you like to do?