Finding a reasonably priced quality wine is often difficult. Recently I was pleasantly surprised when I experienced Rutini Wines Trumpeter 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Priced under $12.00 this wine is well worth it.
The history of the Rutini Winery goes back to 1885 when Felipe Rutini an Italian agro-engineer was hired by the Argentine Government to develop the municipal parks that can be found throughout the city of Mendoza. Upon his arrival he discovered that the terroir of Argentina was ideal for producing wine. He founded La Rural Winery just outside of Mendoza. His family owned this winery for over 100 years. In 1994 ownership of the winery was transferred to Nicolas Catena and Jose Benegas-Lynch. Rutini’s winemaker is Mariano Di Paola.
Rutini’s Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Tupungato Vineyards in the Uco Valley. This vineyard has an elevation of 4,130 ft and is about 22 mile from the Andes. This proximity to the Andes has the advantage of cooling the temperature about 25 degrees from day to night. Tupungato is named after one of the peaks in the Andes, which is also the tallest active volcano in the world. The soils consist of stones that come from the Andes and force the vines to struggle to penetrate to a deeper ground. Tupungato is the closest region in the Uco Valley to Mendoza.
Felipe Rutini saw the potential of the Uco Valley and was the first to plant vines in Tupungato in 1925. Most recently the Tupungato vineyards saw new vine planted in 1998 and in 2008 the winery opened their production facility here. This winery facility is considered one of the most advanced in Argentina.
Perhaps one of my favorite Cabernet Sauvignon’s from Argentina, this full-bodied wine was very smooth and balanced with the silky and velvety textures that so often come from Mendoza and the Uco Valley. This Cabernet had berry aromas and flavors of dark fruits. There was a sweet quality to the wine that can be attributed to the oak making it a very drinkable wine. The wine is aged for 9 months in 60% used French Oak and 40% new American Oak.
Rutini Trumpeter label also produces a Chardonnay, Malbec and Malbec Syrah. If the Cabernet Sauvignon is any indication of the character and expression of their other wines, I look forward to discovering those wines in the near future especially the Malbec and Malbec Syrah.
Tunpungato means “a place to watch the stars” and when you taste the Cabernet Sauvignon you will know this is one of the stars of Tunpungato and Rutini Trumpeter wines.
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