Over the last week I sipped and tasted three wines from Bodega Trivento, a Torrontés, Cabernet Sauvignon and Amado Sur. I am reminded of my wonderful trip to Mendoza last fall where I had the opportunity to visit Trivento and meet some of the people that create and produce their fabulous wines. Reviewing my notes, I discovered I had sampled all three. Revisiting them now in the intimacy of my home had a more lingering impression. It is the memories of visiting the winery and the amazing luncheon I had overlooking the vineyards that makes these wines special.
Bodega Trivento is comprised of the winery located in Maipú and 8 vineyards that include three in Uco Valley, one in Luján du Cuya, one in Maipú and three in the East. The winery was established in 1996. From that time they have expanded to become a winery that is recognized all over the world.
Trivento means three winds. It represents the winds that affect the vineyards in Argentina. They are the Polar, which come in from the south announcing winter and indicating the time to prune the vines. The Zonda, comes in from the Pacific and makes its descent from the Andes. It is a hot and dry wind that reinforces the budding on the vine and is a clear indication that watering must increase. Finally there is the Sudestada, a southeast wind with cool and cold breezes that can often lead to a summer storm that invigorates the grapes. These winds play an important part in the expression of the land and the growing of grapes thereby leaving their mark on the wines of Trivento.
On my visit to Trivento I met one of the winemakers, Germán Di Césare who took me through Trivento’s portfolio of wines. Both Germán and Silvina Barros gave me a wonderful tour of the winery. The winery offers some interesting and different activities that enhance your wine tasting experience. Although I did not have a chance to participate they sounded very inviting. They include biking in the vineyards, Photography classes with tasting and tango lessons in the vineyard. The later is very popular now in Mendoza.
Trivento’s entrance hall features an art gallery and at the time of my visit there was an exhibit of Julio Melto’s work. What intrigued me were the windmills because of its relationship to Trivento’s meaning. The wind being an integral theme for the winery made it apropos to have artwork representing this aspect.
What impressed me most about the wines of Trivento was their consistency. The entire portfolio of wines I sampled on my visit displayed uniformity in quality.
The wines are spectacular in their own way. Here are my favorites.
The 2012 Trivento Reserve Torrontés is Argentines version of a Sauvignon Blanc. The flavors and aromas are those of grapefruit and peaches. This is a crisp and refreshing wine. At the winery I sampled a 2013 Torrontés. This wine revealed more tropical fruits along with hints of grapefruit. There was a little spice on the finish. Both wines are aged in stainless steel for 3 -6 months.
The 2013 Trivento Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is very fruit forward with flavors of cherry, currants and strawberry. There is a hint of earthiness while the aromas are a fragrant nose of currants and some vanilla. As my friend Kathleen Bloom, who joined us the night we tasted this wine, said “ the wine had little bouquet so I did not expect much but surprisingly found an unexpected vitality and vigor to the wine”. With a hint of spice on the finish one finds a complex wine. At the winery I sampled the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and like the 2013 I found balance and a smooth earthy wine with notes of licorice and strawberries. The wine is partially aged in stainless steel while 40% is aged in 2 or 3-year-old oak for 6 months and than aged 3 months in the bottle.
One of my top choices was the 2012 Amado Sur, a blend of 70% Malbec, 18% Bonarda and 12% Syrah. The thick consistency shows off the structure of this big bold wine. The nose is fragrant with aromas of cherry and currant. The flavors are currant and black fruit. A balanced wine, with a peppery finish, this is a wine that needs time to breathe. Like the Cabernet the wine is partially aged in stainless steel and part in oak, some in new oak while the rest is 2 and 3-year-old oak.
At the winery I sampled six other wines. The most outstanding was the 2009 Trivento Eolo, a Malbec that comes from a single block of one of the oldest vineyards in Luján de Cuyo. This vineyard is situated on the banks of the Mendozan River. Eolo means keeper of the winds thus it is the keeper of the three winds that inpires the winery’s name and it signifies Trivento’s finest and most exclusive wine. This wine is mature with its complex structure. At the same time it is very smooth.
Trivento’s 2011 Golden Reserve Malbec is a treasured wine as it is a master blend of four different locations in the Luján vineyard. The fragrance of the wine is rose and lavender. The Malbec is blended with a percent of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot. The wine is aged entirely in oak, a mixture of new and neutral. There is a nice soft balance and the structure is complex.
Although the above were my very favorites, the wines listed below merit recognition. The white Amado Sur 2013 is a blend of Torrontés, Viognier and Chardonnay. The wine has smoother structure in the mouth, the Torrontés enhances its grapefruit flavors, and the Viognier apricot while the Chardonnay adds body. The Amado Sur 2013 Chardonnay is accented with a small percentage Pinot Gris and Viognier. It definitely has a Chardonnay nose and is very fresh with tropical fruit and green apple. The 2012 Trivento Golden Reserve Chardonnay displays apple and spice. This wine is aged in oak for 6 months. The 2012 Trivento Reserve Malbec is a blend Malbec from both Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. The wine with its deep purple color expresses a sweetness that is very fruit forward velvety and balanced.
What I found most interesting about Trivento’s wines that are inspired by the winds that transcend the Argentine terrior is besides their consistent quality throughout the portfolio; tasting three of the wines on separate occasions, they displayed a consistency to my palate. I found the wine just as exceptional at my home as I did at the winery. You to will discover the even balance to these marvelous wines.
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