Many wine styles and varietals are more popular for late spring and summer drinking than during the rest of the year. Torrontes is a grape that certainly fits in that category. When they’re well made they’re floral, spicy and quite refreshing. Today I’ll look at one from Cuma that fits that description. The Cuma 2010 Torrontes is an Organic Wine. The Cuma label is part of the Michael Torino Estate and represents their Organic offerings. This selection was produced from fruit sourced in the Cafayete Valley of Argentina. It is 100% Torrontes, fermentation and aging took place in stainless steel tanks. This offering has a suggested retail price of $12.99.
Aromas of lychee fruit, apricot and white flowers fill the fresh and vibrant nose of this 2010 Torrontes. White peach, and nectarine are in abundance throughout the palate; wisps of vanilla play a supporting role. Additional spices such as nutmeg emerge and lead to the finish which is of medium length. It’s crisp and refreshing with a final drying characteristic providing the last note.
The body and spice components of this Torrontes bring to mind Gewurztraminer that sells for twice the price. That said this is a very nice example of Torrontes, with excellent varietal character, that will work perfectly well for summer sipping or paired with lighter foods. If you’re having a Memorial Day BBQ, keep plenty of this wine on ice and you’re sure to have a yard full of happy guests. If you shop around you’ll find this wine available for about $10 which is an excellent value for a very enjoyable bottle.