Founded in 1885 by Italian immigrant Felipe Rutini, Rutini Wines is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina. They currently have 255 hectares of vineyards in five different parts of Mendoza, Argentina.
The grapes for this Malbec come from 9 year old vineyards in the Vistalba region, about 3,000 feet above sea level. The grapes were hand-harvested and destemmed for a 15 day fermentation and maceration. The wine is aged for 7 months in a combination of American and French oak.
Intense, dark fruit aromas abound in this Malbec. On the nose, blackberry, black currant and black cherry are layered on top of black pepper and cocoa. The palate is full of cassis and blackberry, with chocolate on the mid-palate and a hint of black pepper. The finish is fairly short, but enjoyable nonetheless.
What makes the Trumpeter Malbec even better is that it’s under $12. Yep, it’s a very good wine… especially for the price.
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Disclosure: This wine was provided as a sample for review.