For two years running this Torrontes is White Pearl’s most praiseworthy wine. It is true and tasty, with flowery aromas leading to flavors of lychee, papaya, melon and grass. Decent body and length give it credibility as a 1.5L Best Buy.— M.S.
Nice berry aromas feature a smidgen of spice and herbs, while the palate has forward acidity that props up lively berry flavors. Expect no frills and this big-format Merlot will satisfy. It’s ripe and sweet, and overall it’s done right.— M.S.
A solid and appealing large-format wine that is 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is composed and shows honest aromas of blackberry and cassis. It’s juicy and fresh in the mouth, with decent berry fruit but not much in the way of trimmings, i.e. oak, tannins, depth or length. Still, for value hunters…— M.S.
Of all the large-format White Pearl varietals, this Torrontes tastes and feels the best. It has the grape’s pungent aromas of acacia and talc, and the flavors are solid and persistent as the palate yields green melon and honey. Finishes tangy and fresh, meaning it hasn’t yet started to fade.— M.S.
Better than jug wine even if it comes in a big bottle, with clean, lightly expressive cherry, raspberry and plum flavors. There’s a little heat and roughness to the finish, but given the league that it’s playing in you can’t complain about the overall quality of this Mendoza Cabernet. A big-time barbecue or party wine.— M.S.
Hints of wisteria and lemon blossom give this dilute Chardonnay a respectable bouquet, while the palate is mild and tastes like bites of lemon, apple and orange. There’s not much weight or stuffing to it, but it’s generally clean and inoffensive.— M.S.
Slightly citric on the nose, with bouncy, edgy fruit flavors of strawberry and raspberry. It’s a lightweight with as much tea and citrus as there is beef, bulk and familiar Cabernet characteristics. More like a fruit drink than serious wine.— M.S.
Some wines in this range have it and others kind of struggle. This one seems to be fighting an uphill battle. The nose is unfocused and a little mulchy, while the flavors are jammy, sweet and basic. Tannin and acidity keep it cranking, but is that good?— M.S.