We continue our cavalcade of perfect summer wines this week with a lovely dry white made from Argentina's flagship grape, the 2011 Pascual Toso Torrontés (about $12 at wine-savvy markets).
The torrontes grape yields a light and refreshing wine with a distinctive floral aroma and flavor. We've never been able to pin down exactly which flowers combine in torrontes to such good effect, but the Pascual Toso winemaker insists on roses and jasmine and that's good enough for us.
Flowers are lightly in evidence on the nose, shaded nicely by hints of lime and stone. On the tongue, flowers bloom again, tempered by lime and stone plus the barest blush of apricot. Apricot takes the lead on a medium-long finish. Overall, this white wine is crisp and delicate, subtle and balanced.
As an aperitif or sundown sipper, this wine is adorable, but it also will pair nicely with ultra-light summer fare, especially chilled shellfish or a cool mango salad judiciously accented with crumbled blue cheese.
By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel.