When we talk about wine in Argentina, we talk about Rutini. Argentina’s most prestigious wine brand since 1885. In 1925 the winery began to plant vines in the Uco Valley. From the start, Felipe Rutini was guided by the motto “Labor and perseverance.” This attitude shaped the development of his wines, which became synonymous with superlative quality. At an elevation of 4,000 ft., with a cool climate, the Rutini terroir benefits from an abundant sun, therefore creating a sharp contrast between day and night temperatures. The 400 hectares of vineyards are planted on well-draining rocky and sandy soils. The fruit is estate grown and hand-picked. Red grapes are handpicked crushed and placed by gravity in stainless steel tanks and matured in 50% new French oak & 50% new American oak for one year. This pair works brilliantly well together in a classy mix, balanced by toasty, dry spice from good quality oak. The Cabernet Sauvignon from Tupungato, gives his corporeal and full character and the Malbec from La Consulta, it’s soft and sweet tannins to complement the assemblage, enhancing a unique combination of aromas and fruity flavor. It’s fantastic—a real crowd-pleaser. It’s got elegance and power, in total harmony. The nose is boisterous and fresh with notes of fresh crushed black cherries and black plums with classic savory high altitude Argentina notes. The attack is rustic, a bit old school but the fruit is mouth-filling with more cherry and black plum notes and a robust mineral undercurrent. It has the violets and herbal touches of the two varieties, with a pinch of spices and smoke. The palate is seamless, spherical, juicy and tasty. Full body, soft and silky tannins and a savory finish. Definitely a perfect partner for beef – this was made to sit alongside a high-protein dinner table. Pairs perfectly with grilled beef and a chimichurri sauce. Try it now, don’t wait!!
Winemaker: Mariano Di Paola, Award: James Suckling 91 points