Ham and spring lamb are the two meats that dominate our Easter table, and Argentina has a signature wine to go with each of them — floral torrontés well matches the sweetness of baked ham, especially one with a fruit sauce, and malbec, with its light tannins and cherry flavors, pairs well with juicy lamb chops and a savory pan sauce.
Recently, we tasted several torrontés — some from the traditional Salta area in the north, but also ones from newer plantings in Mendoza — as well as some nice reds left over from our recent tasting of Argentine reds.
Alamos Salta Torrontés 2015 ($10)
Callia Alta Valle de Tulum Torrontés 2015 ($10)
Amalaya Salta White Blend 2015 ($12)
Colomé Valle Calchaqui Torrontés 2015 ($13)
Very good — tropical fruits with a muscat hook, quite floral.
Susana Balbo “Crios” Torrontés 2015 ($13)
Very floral with notes of honeysuckle, peach, and mango — good structure and long on the palate.
Salentein “Killka” Valle de Uco Torrontés 2015 ($14)
Susana Balbo “Signature” Barrel Fermented Valle de Uco Torrontés 2014 ($27)
A gorgeous wine with the barrel fermentation taming the grape’s floral characteristics and giving it length and creamy structure.
Susana Balbo “Crios” Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($13)
More muddled than structured fruit and textures — mauve fruitiness, earthy, granular.
Susana Balbo “Crios” Argentina Red Blend 2014 ($14)
Susana Balbo “Signature” Valle de Uco Malbec 2013 ($23)