Tilia Torrontes 08

I’m more of a red wine person than a white wine person.  I love some Sauv Blanc, but aside from that there’s not a white I’m fond of.

So I was more than eager to dive into a bottle of Tilia Torrontes, as I didn’t even know this varietal existed.

Chardonnay is too boring for me.  Even to this day I haven’t found one that I like.  They’re not bad, but they’re not good.  They’re like the Coldplay of wines– served to the masses and met with lukewarm responses, but no one ever turns it down, especially at wedding receptions.

Torrontes, as it turns out, is a common South American varietal, at least in the same sense that Malbecs are common.  They’ve been dropped by the wayside slightly, but are still popular in niche markets.

The taste is fruity, but wholly unlike any other kind of wine.  There’s (I swear) a cherry taste in it somewhere.  The citrusy fruits aren’t present at all, and what fruits are blended in can only be described as aromic.  I know it sounds disgusting, but it’s like drinking perfume if it were wine.  But it’s not sweet, tart, or sour.  It’s like the underlying tones of a fruity smell mixed into a wine.

There’s no way for me to describe it where it sounds appealing, but trust me, it’s worth a try.  It’s the most off-flavor wine I’ve had in a while.  But don’t think of it as a table wine, because it’s definitely not sweet.

It’s as if the fruits that usually don’t make it into a wine mixture were given a shot with this one.

At the very least, it’s an extremly interesting wine.

3.5 out of 5 strikes


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