Domingo Molina 2014 “Hermanos” Valle de Cafayate Salta Torrontes ($14.99)

Domingo Molina

Clear, light straw color, with a faint greenish hue. Good, aromatic fresh-fruit aromas, peaches in the foreground, with a faint touch of a green herb like basil or tarragon behind. Ripe peaches are even more apparent on the palate, leading to the expectation of sweetness, but it’s not all fruit; bone dry and appropriately acidic, it offers a good medium-bodied texture, with touches of subtle stony minerality and snappy tangerines joining with the juicy fruit to balance the flavors in a very long finish. U.S. importer: Vine Connections LLC, Sausalito, Calif. (June 10, 2016)

FOOD MATCH: A natural with mild fish and shellfish, poultry or pork, it went well on our table with a simple Northern Italian pasta, spaghetti with butter and fresh sage.

WHEN TO DRINK: This fresh white is best drunk up while it’s young and fresh. It won’t go over the hill in a year or two, but the synthetic plastic-foam stopper adds urgency: it won’t last long. I’d buy this wine to drink, not to cellar.

VALUE: My local price is a dollar or two above’s reported $13. I’d call it a fair price anywhere below the middle teens.

Here’s the winery’s fact sheet on the Torrontes (in Spanish).

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