Lately the white varietal out of Argentina that’s been getting a lot of attention is Torrontes. Rightly so in some ways as this is something Argentina offers that no one else really does. Sauvignon Blanc on the other hand is available from many of the world’s great wine making countries. That said there are some excellent and unique expressions of this classic grape coming out of Argentina and they deserve their due. Today I’ll look at one from Bodega Luigi Bosca, a producer I’ve found to be very reliable over the last few years. The Luigi Bosca 2009 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc was produced from fruit sourced at the El Paraiso Vineyard in the Maipu section of Mendoza. This vineyard sits at 780 meters above sea level. This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. After fermentation this wine spent 3 months aging in oak. This Sauvignon Blanc has a suggested retail price of $20.99.
The nose of this Sauvignon Blanc opens with aromas of fleur de orange. Hints of grass are present as well. Gooseberry, Meyer lemon, pineapple and herb flourishes are all part of a full flavored and mellifluous palate. The finish is clean, crisp and like the entire wine refreshing. Touches of mineral and hazelnut are present along with white pepper which provides a final lingering note.
This is a really nice Sauvignon Blanc. It’s one of the better examples out of Argentina and really outshines its price point by leaps and bounds. The Luigi Bosca name is one you can count on for elegant, well made, fairly priced wines. If you haven’t sampled their releases yet this Sauvignon Blanc is as good a place as any to start.