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

Portillo 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of white grapefruit and guava relish, gooseberry jam on brioche, coconut water, and bell pepper with a silky, bright, light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, long finish that shows notes of tropical fruit salad and green apple with no oak flavor. A delicious and satisfying sauvignon blanc that will be great sipping on its own or with lighter fare.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Salentein 2021 Reserve Chardonnay
89 points
$18
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, dried herbs, honey-drizzled apple, and lemon balm with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, fast finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy and pleasing, Chablis-style Chardonnay for the table and beyond.
Trapiche 2021 Tesoro Chardonnay
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of buttered croissant, caramel popcorn, roasted pineapple, and hints of sweet coconut with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of toasty bread crusts and lemon tart with heavy oak flavor. A bright and balanced Chardonnay with creamy new world oak and tropical fruit flavors.
87 points $15 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
Osmosis 2021 DeLIGHTful Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$15
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi, turmeric, and lemon with a soft, tangy, dry light body and a smooth, breezy finish with elements of pear, freshly squeezed lemon, and gooseberry with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Fresh acidity lifts the palate to a clean finish in this approachable Sauvignon Blanc.
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