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Details for Rutini, Trumpeter Reserve, Malbec


CountryArgentina
Region
AppellationMendoza
Grape
Year2015
Producer
ABV13%


Mendoza

The largest, most famous and most productive winemaking region in Argentina, Mendoza is also one of the driest places in the world.  The Andes soar into the skyline and catch any rainfall headed Mendoza’s way.
 
Mendoza is so dry that its vineyards must be irrigated using meltwater from the mountains.  Lots of sunshine and almost no rain make ripening healthy grapes easy, and control over irrigation allows producers to make lots of dilute wine or small amounts of concentrated wine, as they desire.  There has been a massive shift towards the latter since the ’90s.
 
Mendoza is a huge area with a number of sub-regions, the most notable being Maipú, Luján de Cuyo and, perhaps the most exciting, the relative newcomer Valle de Uco.  A number of well-resourced wineries have invested in this high-altitude sub-region where nights are cool and the wines’ acidity is consequently high.
 
Malbec is the undisputed champion variety to grow in Mendoza, and so successful has it been here that Argentina is now considered to be the grape’s true home, despite its origins in Bordeaux.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Syrah and Tempranillo are other important red grapes.  Whites are less-planted, at least outside of the Valle de Uco, with Chardonnay and Torrontés being the main varieties.
 


Rutini Wines

Formerly Bodega La Rural, this historic Mendoza winery was founded by Filipe Rutini, who was just 18 when he arrived in Argentina in 1884 from the Marche region of central Ialy, where his family had been winemakers.  He acquired a small estate at Coquimbito in the Maipú district just southeast of Mendoza city, founding Bodega La Rural there the following year.  At first the winery was just two small buildings and the family home, but it prospered and in 1910 he embarked on a major expansion, importing equipment from Europe to produce Argentina’s first properly high-end wines.
 
He died in 1919 but his family continued to innovate.  They were the first to plant vines in the now-fashionable Uco Valley, establishing a vineyard at Tupungato in 1925.  Gradually the focus moved from Maipú to the Uco and, despite completely renovating the old Coquimbito winery in the Nineties, the company has in the last few years built a new state-of-the-art winery at Tupungato, rebranding themselves as Rutini Wines in the process.
 
The new winery processes grapes from their 370 hectares of vines in Tupungato, at 1,235 metres altitude, 70 ha at Altamira in the far south of the Uco at 1,100m, and 30 ha at La Consulta, northwest of Altamira, at 900m.  Another 120 ha have been planted but have yet to come on-stream.  From these the winemaking team led by Mariano di Paola produce a full range of red and white varietals and blends, plus a few bubblies, two dessert wines and a couple of rosés.

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This Malbec comes from Rutini’s Tupungato vineyard, which lies at an altitude of 1,235 metres at the northern end of the Valle de Uco, about 70 km south of Mendoza city.  Rutini began planting vines here in 1925, creating the very first vineyard in the now ultra-fashionable Valle de Uco.
 
This wine is from their Trumpeter Reserve range: one step up from regular Trumpeter and, as the name suggests, aged in oak barrels.  The grapes were hand-harvested, which is relatively unusual in Argentina, and fermented in stainless steel with cultured yeasts.  13% ABV is modest by Argentinian standards and lower than in previous vintages, representing a deliberate effort to produce a fresher, more elegant wine (the 2016 is also 13%).
 
After going through the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in tank, the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months, half of which were new and half second-use.


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