Roots in Italy, Vines In Argentina
Rutini farms more than 900 acres in Gualtallary, Altamira and La Consulta, Rivadeavia and Maipu. In some sites, the Malbec clones date back more than 100 years. All grapes are 100% hand harvested and the winery team is constantly experimenting with new techniques, such as conical fermentation tanks.
Winemaker Mariano Di Paola was recently named one of Decanter’s top 30 winemakers in the world. We recently had the opportunity to taste a quartet of Rutini wines.
Argentina Has Whites Too
The Trumpeter brand is a best selling label for Rutini, experiencing great success in the US and internationally. The wines are accessible and are economically priced. the 2015 Rutini Trumpeter Torrontés retails for $10.99.
It offers floral aromas and notes of peach. It’s refreshing with a medium acidity.
A Trio of Malbec
I’m a fan of Malbec and my current advice is now that you know what Malbec is, spend a few extra dollars and step up to a higher qualify. In addition to the entry-level Trumpeter, we tasted two higher-priced Malbec.
The 2012 Rutini Malbec is aged in new oak (80% French, 20% American) for 12 months. As a result, this wine has more tannins than you might be used to in a Malbec. This wine has aged for four years and could age for several more.
This is their premium Malbec and lists for $35. It is a complex wine with berry flavors and tobacco and vanilla as well. It undergoes malolactic fermentation which provides a rich, full body. We suggest decanting this wine.
Our pick of the quartet was the 2013 Encuentro Malbec. Encuentro means encounter or meeting and the wine reflects a meeting between the winemaking styles of Bordeaux and the New World.
Aging is also for a year, but it is with 50% new and second use French oak and 50% America oak. When barrels are reused, it cuts down the oak intensity. This dials back the tannins nicely for a very smooth wine which doesn’t lack in the complexity department. Aromas of violets and red fruit give way to jam and dark chocolate. At $18.99 SRP, the price is also tasty.
Rutini has solid roots in the past as well as an eye on the future of winemaking. Take your pick of these four wines to introduce yourself to the signature grapes of Argentina.
Full disclosure: We received these wines as marketing samples.