Today's LCBO Find takes us to South America, and to the wine aqueous region of Mendoza, Argentina. The featured wine today is the Piedra Negra Alta Colección Torrontés 2023.
While one would expect Torrontés to come from Salta, and Mendoza to be strutting Malbec, you must take my word for it, this unexpected Mendoza Torrontés gives you the best of both worlds.
About Bodega Piedra Negra
Piedra Negra is a renowned winery located in the Uco Valley, Argentina. It is the emblematic winery of Bordeaux winemaker François Lurton. The vineyard is built on 200 hectares of land in semi-desert conditions, characterized by poor, gravelly alluvial soil. François claimed that the poor, gravelly alluvial soil reminded him of Pessac-Léognan. Hence the desire to produce here seemed like familiar logic to Lurton.
Bodega Piedra Negra is also known for its remarkable and environmentally friendly wine production methods, and is certified organic, with some biodynamic practices.
The winery produces various wines, including Pinot Gris, Malbec, Torrontés, and a series of wine blends.
About Piedra Negra Alta Colección Torrontés 2023
The Bodega Piedra Negra Alta Colección consists of a range of wines made from grapes grown at high altitudes and this makes sense as Torrontés is known for being for thriving in high elevation Salta.
In the glass, the Piedra Negra Alta Colección Torrontés 2023 has a pale yellow hue, with green flecks. The natural phenolics of Torrontés produce thick tearing on the inside of your glass. On the nose, this wine is highly perfumed, ripe, and tart, as is expected for the Torrontés grape. Scents of lavender water, almond, apple, and pear are present. That nutty sensation continues on to the palate, with lemon, peach, grapefruit, and melon in tow. This is indeed a fun, young wine.
The Piedra Negra Alta Colección Torrontés 2023 can be found at the LCBO vintages for $15.95. While this wine could be had now, it will show even better in two year's.