Variety: 85% Torrontes; 15% Pinot Grigio
Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Cost: $11 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: According to winemaker Maxi Ortiz, the outcome is an off-dry, lighter-framed white, with a relatively modest alcohol level of 12%. There’s a hint of sweet, without being sweet, lots of action on the nose, and a harmonious, more nuanced palate that segues into a lengthy, refreshing finish. Think of it as an interesting alternative to Pinot Grigio, perhaps?
My Review: As somebody who lived in Virginia for a lot of years, I really enjoy Viognier, and Torrontes has always brought that to mind for me, with it’s floral, tropical flavors and aromas. The addition of Pinot Grigio is an interesting idea to me, which made trying the 2016 Trivento White Orchid appealing.
On the nose I picked up white flower aromas that carried through to the palate and were joined by peach, tropical fruits, and a bit of pineapple as the wine warmed. We didn’t pair the wine with anything, but I can see it going really well with any type of spicy Asian cuisine (Thai food would be great!). It’s a good summer sipper and a nice value for the warm season, but I definitely can’t see drinking this once the temperatures cool off.
It’s an easy pick-up for a white you want to enjoy on a hot day, but if you’re looking for something dryer or more complex, you may want to look elsewhere. Still, a good value for hot days by the pool.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.