2008 Barrel Blend Red Wine
Very limited availability alert: Today’s outstanding Rutini Wines 2008 Barrel Blend Red Wine will NOT last the day.
We were able to secure every last case of today’s robust Argentinian blend, but it just won’t be enough of this brawny beauty. It’s easy to see why Robert Parker and Stephen Tanzer both awarded today’s juicy wine 91 Points.
We can’t recommend today’s delicious wine highly enough!
Inky, dark crimson.
Heady aromas of dark plum and blackberry are joined by hints of cinnamon, espresso bean, dark chocolate, freshly tilled earth, dried flower petal, and a touch of dried rosemary.
Some serious flavors on this gem, with concentrated notes of blackberry, mulberry, and raspberry laid against fennel seeds, saddle leather, cedar wood, cassis, vanilla bean, fresh mint, and cranberry.
With great structure, plenty of velvety tannins, and a silken mouthfeel, today’s Argentinian treat is a wine any Cab lover would greatly enjoy.
Rosemary and garlic encrusted pork tenderloin, fire roasted and served with a porcini mushroom sauce drizzled overtop.
What the Winery Says
A well structured red blend with vibrant ruby red color. On the nose, captures an appealing mix of well ripened juicy red fruits and soft floral notes of lavender and violet from the Malbec. Aromas of mint and menthol combined with licorice and thyme essences are transmitted from the Petit Verdot. Notes of fresh plum and blackberry preserves are also present from the Merlot. It is topped off with hints of spice undertones of black and red pepper from the Cabernet Sauvignon y Cabernet Franc. The delicate combination of chocolate, tobacco, coffee and vanilla essences are also present from its 18 months in new French oak. The palate is very smooth and well balanced from the intense fruit flavors to the solid structure leaving for a smooth and full balanced with smooth and elegant tannins leaving for a “perfect meeting”.
- Mariano Di Paola
- 91 Points - Robert Parker
- Mendoza, Argentina
- Fruit Variety
- 30% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot
- 18 months in 100% new French oak
About the Winery
Don Felipe Rutini, an Italian immigrant from the winemaking region of Le Marche, founded bodegas La Rural in 1885. Don Felipe, who came to Argentina with a degree in agriculture from the Real Scuola de Ascoli Pisceno, had his eye on quality from the start. One of the first varietals he planted was Cabernet Sauvignon, in the Maipu vineyard, where La Rural grows Cabernet Sauvignon for Trumpeter today.
Don Felipe sent his six children to study in Italy. The new generation brought back to Argentina the European concept of ‘terroir’. They set out to find the best sites for vine cultivation in Mendoza. In 1925, the Rutinis planted their first vines in Tupungato. But it wasn’t until the 80’s and 90’s that the Tupungato Valley would become the “Napa Valley” of Mendoza, with every Argentine and foreign winery investing in Argentina trying to buy land there for vineyards.
For decades, the wines of La Rural have been harbingers of quality in Argentina. Six years ago, Nicolás Catena, the pioneering owner of Bodegas Esmeralda, became a partner at La Rural with Don Rodolfo Reina Rutini, the grandson of Don Felipe Rutini. The winery has undergone substantial modernization and the vineyards have benefited from Catena’s outstanding vineyard management team. The goal, as with every other Nicolás Catena project: to produce world-class wines that can stand with the best of the world.