Lunch at Tomo I with the Wines of Luigi Bosca

Pairing food with Luigi Bosca Wines

We had the pleasure to join Alberto Arizu of Luigi Bosca, and also President of the Wines of Argentina, for lunch at Tomo I in Buenos Aires recently. Alberto shared both some family history and new releases from Luigi Bosca with us for our upcoming report #26 . (Revisited)

It was a simple lunch—seven courses and seven wines. The full menu (in Spanish) is given below. But since our focus is the wines of Luigi Bosca, let’s focus on the wines (prices given for wines imported to the US).

Luigi Bosca 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Reserva ($18)

Our first wine, served with a delicious soup of carrots and coriander. Argentina may not be well known for Sauvignon Blanc, but this wine is varietally correct, crisp and delicious. It’s sourced from the Paraíso Vineyard in Maipú.

Luigi Bosca 2009 Gala III ($32)

This is Luigi Bosca’s top white wine, a blend of Viognier, Chardonnay and Riesling, aged in new French oak. It’s a richly flavorful wine of considerable elegance and complexity. It went superbly with a rich, langostino stew.

Luigi Bosca 2008 Malbec Single Vineyard ($25)

Made from 70 year old vines, this wine evokes violets and dark summer cherries. Aged for one year in new French oak, it is light on the plate and delicious and was a good choice for the rolled pork loin and chutney that accompanied it.

Luigi Bosca 2008 De Sangre

A blend of 90 year old vines of the best vineyard parcels, with the primary component being Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a soft, elegant wine with gobs of red and black fruit and soft round tannins. It paired beautifully with the Argentine beef with caramelized onions.

Luigi Bosca 2008 Gala I ($35)

A predominantly Malbec blend aged 14 months in new oak, this is one of our favorite Argentine wines. The plum, berries and mocha aromas and flavors played well against the leg of lamb medallions.

Luigi Bosca 2006 Cabernet Bouchet Field Blend Finca Los Nobles

The pièce de résistance of the wine menu was this Cabernet Sauvignon blend of 90 year old vines aged 24 months in new French oak. Surprisingly soft and elegant with round tannins, it also went best with the leg of lamb.

Luigi Bosca 2008 Gewürztraminer Granos Noble

Mendoza may not be well known for its sweet wines, but this one should win over the skeptics. It’s lightly sweet with dried apricot and honey notes. It wasn’t really sweet enough to compete with the dessert tray, but on its own it’s delicious. It probably would have also gone well with the carrot soup.

The Lunch Menu at Tomo I

  • Entremeses de Tomo I
  • Sopa de zanahorias al coriandro
  • Chupe de camarones a la manera de Tomo I
  • Bondiola de cerdo con papines andinos y nuestro chutney
  • Medallón de lomo con cebollas caramelizadas, pure de coliflor y sus flores
  • Medallones de gigot de cordero con tomatito mediterráneo y salteado de berenjenas

Tomo I is one of Buenos Aires’ best restaurants, located at the Hotel Panamericano, Carlos Pellegrini 521, Buenos Aires. Telephone: (+5411) 4326-6698

Links of interest:

Tasting Articles on Argentine Wines
Report #5 Argentina’s Magnificent Malbec (December 2006) subscribers only
Report #26 Wines of Argentina Revisted (March 2011)
Wines from Patagonia