About White Wines from Argentina

About White Wines from Argentina
Argentina is the fifth largest wine producing country in the world and much of that has to do with one wine, Malbec, which has become synonymous for Argentinean wine. By far, the most widely planted variety -red or white - in the country (almost twice as much planted as the next red variety, Bonarda), Malbec with its deep color, ripe berry fruit and light, peppery spice, has become wildly popular with consumers, looking for a flavorful red at the right price. There are dozens of very fine examples of Malbec from the Mendoza region available on USA retail shelves for $12-$16. Some of these same producers are also crafting $25 and version of Malbec, to show the aging ability and potential of the variety; these are not yet sales successes for the most part. There are other notable reds produced in the country, namely Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. As for white wine, the signature variety is Torrontes, a medium-bodied white with light pear and tropical fruit flavors that is a pleasant sipper or partner with lighter seafood.

Top Picks for Argentina

White Wines

Don Rodolfo 2019 Art of the Andes Torrontes
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas of peach pastry, roasted pine nuts, candied violet, menthol, and orange marmalade with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length bitter melon, magnolia, bitter almond, and green tea finish with no oak flavor. An extroverted nose leads to a dry, slightly bitter palate in this food-friendly expression of Argentina’s Torrontes.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Inkarri 2020 White Blend Luján de Cuyo
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of underripe peach, fresh cut grass, yellow flowers, and golden apple with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of coriander seed with no oak flavor. A distinctive, grassy and cheerful white blend.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Don Rodolfo 2019 Art of the Andes Pinot Grigio
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapples in whipped cream, poached pear, and fruit cup with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A smooth, fruity quaffer for effortless sipping.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Durigutti 2020  Viognier
85 points
$14.99
Pale golden yellow color. Waxy aromas and flavors of clementine, white flowers, melon, and ginger with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and an even, swift finish revealing overtones of lemon with no oak flavor. A zippy and aromatic Viognier for hot days.
85 points $14.99
Don Rodolfo 2019 Art of the Andes Mendoza
81 points
$11.99
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of orange blossom, honeycomb, handsoap, apricots and pineapples in syrup, and angel food cake with an oily, bright, sweet watery body and a seamless, brisk finish revealing shades of shortcake with crunchy tannins. A sweet quaffer for casual sipping.
81 points $11.99