February 11, 2009

Yellow+Blue 2008 Cafayate Torrontes $12/liter

Torrontes is one of the most delicious grapes you'll ever taste — should you be in northern Argentina when it ripens. The deep yellow grape is redolent of honeysuckle, with a pineapple sweetness curbed by a pleasant touch of bitter-edged spice.

But if you can't make it to Cafayate, the high, sunny valley in Salta where the grape reaches its apex, you can taste it in a wine like Yellow+Blue. Matthew Cain sources the wine from organically farmed vineyards and vinifies it with natural yeasts; in keeping with its "green" pedigree, it's packaged in Tetra Pak cartons, which are far lighter than glass bottles and take up less room.

And since you're going to drink it tonight, the lack of cork and glass doesn't matter a fig. Speaking of figs, they would be good wrapped with prosciutto and roasted until crisp, with a cool glass of torrontes nearby.

Ybwines.com; or call Baroness Wines, 303-934-1300, to find Yellow+Blue in Colorado

This review first appeared in the Denver Post.

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