What we’re drinking: Colores del Sol 2011 Reserva Crisp White Blend

Brynn writes:

This is the counterpart to the Colores del Sol Rich Red Blend we reviewed last week. Unlike the red, this wine needed no time to open up and had Mary and I captivated after the first sip.

It’s a blend of 50 percent Chardonnay, 20 percent Torrontes, 20 percent Semillon and 10 percent Moscato.

Before you poo-poo it because of the majority Chardonnay grape, let me tell you this little tid-bit: When I poured this for Mary I didn’t tell her the breakdown of grapes. Instead I told her to guess.

To my surprise she immediately tasted the Torrontes — a white grape produced in Argentina but not widely known elsewhere — and suggested another white. But she was pretty certain there absolutely was no chardonnay in this wine. (This from a woman who shares my love for chardonnay).

The Torrontes gave the wine a nice acidity, while the Moscato added the slightest hint of sweetness. The Semillon rounded it out and the Chardonnay gave it its crisp, citrus notes.

This is a great wine for summer, especially if you cool it down in the fridge before serving. The wine guy at Trader Joe’s suggested using it as the base of a white sangria, which I think is a great idea. Throw some fresh peach, oranges, pineapple and apple in there and you’d have a great party cocktail.

If I didn’t know the price, I would have guessed this wine fell in the $10 to $15 range. At $2.99 it’s a steal and one I’d buy again, no question.