Every time I visit one of our local wine retailers to load up on wine, I try to pick a bottle or two that I would not normally select, something outside of my comfort zone. I like to occasionally open an aromatic and acidic Torrontes from Argentina in place of the more common lighter whites like a Viognier, Pinot Grigio or a dry Reisling, so when I spotted a Torrontes from Uruguay, I knew that would be my off-the-beaten-path bottle for the night.
The Pisano Torrontes Rio de Los Pajaros possesses the traditional aromatic floral and citrus aromas that make a Torrontes so inviting. Unlike many of the value-priced crisp and light Argentine varietals, the Pisano Torrontes had a heavier body and richer peach and spice notes with more balanced acid, which might make it more attractive to Chardonnay fans along with those who prefer a Pinot Grigio or Muscat.
At a $15 retail price, this is a wine worth its price. It is certainly a wine worthy of bringing chilled to a warm-weather gathering, if only because you’d be pretty much guaranteed to be the only person to bring a wine from Uruguay. (B+)