Wine Region: Valle de Uco – Tupungato* (Argentina)
Wine Type: Sauvignon Blanc
Rating: 7 out of 10 stars
Notes: Dry, Cut Green Grass, Pineapple, Edgy
K: This was my favorite of this month’s wine tastings at Spec’s. Its strongly acidic without being bitter. Its very clean and there’s a note of tropical fruit – pineapple maybe – that’s not sweet, it’s delicious and dry.
C: It’s really exceedingly clean, and it doesn’t have much of a nose. It is very bright. Lots of acidity and intensity.
K: It would be great in the jam-wine. Opposite something like a marmalade where the sweetness of the marmalade would offset the dry acidity.
K: As it warms up its less acidic and slightly sweeter. You can taste the minerality more too.
C: And that citrus is really taking over. I think i liked it colder, it was really restrained. I also taste a tiny bit of asparagus.
K: Its really nice to taste a wine that’s that clean and acidic without the sulfur odor that we identify as cat pee. Although i would never pair it with an acidic fruit like pineapple or kiwi, that could give you a real stomach ache.
K: Its a bit pricey at $20 though. It’s a solid wine for when you’re interested in splurging. I love the label too.
C: Yeah, it conveys a South American sensibility with a minimum of elements. Very elegant.
K: A little bit of gold, a little bit of a loose script, and a refined petroglyph.
* Valley de Uco is a viticultural region southwest of Mendoza, in Argentina. Situated along the Tunuyán River, the Uco Valley is widely considered one of the top wine regions in Mendoza, and all of Argentina. It’s got a poor calcerous soil, an extended growing season, and meltwater from the Andean peaks. These all combine to create highly developed wines with a great deal of clarity and minerality.