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Much like its neighbor, Chile, Argentina's wine industry is long-established, but fairly new to the world stage. Not until the 1990s did Argentina's wine producers seriously consider and enter the global market, preferring instead to grow and make vast quantities of mediocre to sub-par product, until a few enterprising visionaries realized its full potential. Today, it's the world's fifth largest wine producing nation, with enviable representation in export markets worldwide.

Whereas Chile owes its viticulture to its isolation, Argentina's is a result of altitude. Although there is a rich diversity of varietals here, the country's reputation rests predominantly on Malbec, In the world's highest red wine vineyards (some up to 4,600 ft.), bright, sunny days, and crisp, dry air produce Malbec wines of intense opulence, a style very much in fashion with today's consumer, and these climatic features go a long way for other varietals, as well. Mendoza is far and away the most important wine region here, centered around the city of the same name, and Argentina's best vineyards and most prominent producers are based in the Andean foothills southwest of the city. The sub-districts of Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, and Las Compuertas produce arguably the country's finest wines. Further southwest, the Valle de Uco is home to a burgeoning array of fine sites, with the sub-zones of Gualtaray and Tupungato known for their excellent potential with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, respectively.

Venturing both north and south of Mendoza, one can find some of the most remote and rugged vineyards on Earth. The province of Salta near the Bolivian border is home to Argentina's most famous white grape, Torrontés. It reaches its aromatic apogee in these vine plots that touch the sky at nearly 9,000 feet in some places. At the southern tip of the habitable world, Patagonia is Argentina's untamed, viticultural frontier, where enterprising producers are taking advantage of Antarctic influence to sculpt structured, characterful red wines in Rio Negro and Neuquén.

As with Chile, Argentina has seen a flood of foreign investment and expertise in the past few decades, and it rivals its neighbor as one of the most dynamic and innovative wine producing nations in the world.

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91 points Wine Spectator: A big, rich and ripe white, with plenty of spice and smoky accents to the flavors of baked apple, pear tart and shortbread. The long finish is filled with buttery notes. Drink now through 2020. 343 cases made. (2016) ...
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Salentein Chardonnay Uco Valley Single Vineyard 2013  (#701705)

Chardonnay from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

91 points Wine Spectator: A big, rich and ripe white, with plenty of spice and smoky accents to the flavors of baked apple, pear tart and shortbread. The long finish is filled with buttery notes. Drink now through 2020. 343 cases made. (2016)

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93 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...13% alcohol, the highest since 2011. The grapes ripened very fast, and yields were low. The wine is softer and balanced, with integrated alcohol. It has the character of the wine and the place where the grapes are grown (the same every year), and that… ...
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Montesco Sauvignon Blanc Uco Valley Agua de Roca 2017  (#702169)

Sauvignon Blanc from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

93 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...13% alcohol, the highest since 2011. The grapes ripened very fast, and yields were low. The wine is softer and balanced, with integrated alcohol. It has the character of the wine and the place where the…

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34% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillón, 33% Torrontés. A very aromatic wine with floral and citrus notes combined with touches of fresh grass, white fruits and orange. In the mouth, floral flavors, fresh and fruity, combine perfectly with the unctuousness of a perfect aging in barrels. Its finish is… ...
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Susana Balbo Mendoza Uco Valley Brioso White Blend 2016  (#702138)

Other White Blends from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

34% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillón, 33% Torrontés. A very aromatic wine with floral and citrus notes combined with touches of fresh grass, white fruits and orange. In the mouth, floral flavors, fresh and fruity, combine perfectly with the unctuousness…

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Sublime and complex on the nose, evolving as the wine opens in the glass. Mango, banana, lime, roasted apple, wet stone, vanilla, toast and honey. The palate is unctuous, structured, and has perfect acidity, a long finish and a fruity aftertaste. Sophisticated and at the same time friendly, very… ...
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Huentala Chardonnay Mendoza Black Series 2016  (#702335)

Chardonnay from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Sublime and complex on the nose, evolving as the wine opens in the glass. Mango, banana, lime, roasted apple, wet stone, vanilla, toast and honey. The palate is unctuous, structured, and has perfect acidity, a long finish and a fruity aftertaste.…

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With its aromas you can appreciate the expressiveness and originality of this Argentine varietal: clear notes of grapefruit peel, lemon, orange blossom, kiwi, green apple, grass, basil, oregano and mint. The palate is crisp and young, with a vibrant acidity. It flows in harmony to a long, refreshing… ...
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Onofri Pedro Ximenez Mendoza Alma Gemela 2018  (#702334)

Other White Wines from Mendoza, Argentina

With its aromas you can appreciate the expressiveness and originality of this Argentine varietal: clear notes of grapefruit peel, lemon, orange blossom, kiwi, green apple, grass, basil, oregano and mint. The palate is crisp and young, with a vibrant…

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91 points James Suckling: Dried apricot peel, mangoes, papaya and dried citrus peel. Full body, very dry with a lovely mouthfeel, vibrant acidity and a textured finish. Drink now. (4/5/18) ...
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El Esteco Torrontes Calchaqui Valley Don David Reserve 2017  (#334786)

Other White Wines from Salta, Argentina

91 points James Suckling: Dried apricot peel, mangoes, papaya and dried citrus peel. Full body, very dry with a lovely mouthfeel, vibrant acidity and a textured finish. Drink now. (4/5/18)

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93 points James Suckling: This shows a lot more complexity than many other torrontes on the nose with notes of kiwi, guava peel, spices, dried apricots, white stones and mango pie. Medium-bodied and textured with loads of clean, fleshy stone fruit, vibrant acidity and a peachy finish. Drink now.… ...
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Anko Torrontes Salta 2017  (#334831)

Other White Wines from Salta, Argentina

93 points James Suckling: This shows a lot more complexity than many other torrontes on the nose with notes of kiwi, guava peel, spices, dried apricots, white stones and mango pie. Medium-bodied and textured with loads of clean, fleshy stone fruit,…

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92 points James Suckling: Quite a citric torrontes that has some passion fruit and lychee notes, too. There's a great interplay of fruit, yeasty character (this gives just a hint of creaminess) and crisp acidity. Quite a long, mineral finish. 50% Uco Valley and 50% Cafayate. Drink now. Screw cap. (4… ...
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Susana Balbo Torrontes Argentina Crios 2017  (#702393)

Other White Wines from Mendoza, Argentina

92 points James Suckling: Quite a citric torrontes that has some passion fruit and lychee notes, too. There's a great interplay of fruit, yeasty character (this gives just a hint of creaminess) and crisp acidity. Quite a long, mineral finish. 50% Uco…

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92 points James Suckling: Here is the Salta mountain freshness! A really enticing combination of melon, floral and a wide spectrum of delicate citrus aromas. I love the balance of juicy fruit and crisp acidity that gives the bold, long finish a lot of life. Screw cap. (3/27/19) ...
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Colome Torrontes Calchaqui Valley 2018  (#702403)

Other White Wines from Salta, Argentina

92 points James Suckling: Here is the Salta mountain freshness! A really enticing combination of melon, floral and a wide spectrum of delicate citrus aromas. I love the balance of juicy fruit and crisp acidity that gives the bold, long finish a lot…

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Yellow color with greenish nuances and a fine continuous stream of bubbles. First, the bouquet reveals intense honey, well integrated with white fruits such us pear and quince, typical of the Chardonnay variety from Tupungato. Toasted bread and honey hints to the long contact with lees. Notes of… ...
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Santa Julia Blanc de Blancs Mendoza Organic NV  (#701782)

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Mendoza, Argentina

Yellow color with greenish nuances and a fine continuous stream of bubbles. First, the bouquet reveals intense honey, well integrated with white fruits such us pear and quince, typical of the Chardonnay variety from Tupungato. Toasted bread and honey…

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