Alta Vista 2002 Mendoza Torrontes Premium ($11.00)
This is a clear, straw-color wine, with a very appealing aroma that blends distinct lemon zest with a heady floral scent in the gardenia family. Creamy lemon flavors carry over intact on the palate, full and bright, with a rich, full-bodied texture and sufficient acidity for balance. A faint background herbaceousness appears as the wine warms in the glass, and there's a pleasant bitter-almond quality in the finish. US Importer: Rock Creek Wine Merchants Ltd., Bethesda, Md. (Jul 20, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: The strongly lemony character would make this one a natural with fish or seafood; its richness fared particularly well with my frequent cross-cultural food match for fuller-bodied whites, Cantonese-style shrimp with lobster sauce.



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