Argentina's largest and best-known wine region is Mendoza, with many wineries producing quality wines that go well with a varieties of food, perhaps best with beef options. The Bodega Trivento Reserve Collection is an inexpensive way to taste wines from the region, being made up of four bottlings: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend, and a Torrontés.
Tasting Notes:"Three winds leave their mark in TRIVENTO. Guided by the capricious god of wind EOLO, the Polar, Zonda and Sudestada winds bestow exceptional qualities for winegrowing on the Mendozan terroir. TRIVENTO works to ensure their vineyards flourish, grow and mature with the rhythm of nature. This is the origin of the grapes that become Trivento Reserve."
Wines received for review purposes - all opinions are my own.Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec 2013: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon/50% Malbec; 20 days of separate fermentation in stainless steel tanks; separately aged in French oak barrels for 6 months, then assemblage is bottle aged for 6 months; deep ruby red; dark plum, red berry, and slight herbal aromas; dark plum, dark cherry, pomegranate and vanilla flavors; nice smoky finish; integrated but noticeable tannins, good acidity; 14% ABV; cork closure; SRP $11.
Malbec 2013: hand picked; 20 days of fermentation in stainless steel tanks; aged in French oak barrels for 6 months, then bottle for 5 months; bright garnet red; earth, plum, and red berry aromas; dark plum, dark berry, cola and vanilla flavors; 14% ABV; cork closure; SRP $11.
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