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Rutini, Encuentro wines of Argentina

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Rutini Encuentro wines of Argentina

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Rutini wines got its start in 1885, when Filipe Rutini started his winery La Rural in the Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina. In 1994 the winery was taken over by Argentine powerhouses in the wine business, Nicolas Catena and Jose Benegas-Lynch. They appointed Mariano DiPaola winemaker to position Rutini as a leader in quality Argentinian wines.
Today Rutini has several vineyards scattered around Mendoza and a state of the art winery in Tupungato. The different vineyards allow Rutini to take advantage of different elevations and different terroirs to get the best potential for their grapes.
Recently I had the pleasure to try several Rutini wines at Graziano’s in Coral Gables. Graziano Imports handles the distribution of Rutini wines in south Florida.
Rutini, Encuentro, Chardonnay, 2012 is straw yellow color with aromas of light lemon, some oak and wild flowers. And even that this Chardonnay sees 10 months of aging in French oak the palate is citrusy and tropical with bright acidity and a medium finish.
Rutini, Encuentro, Pinot Noir, 2011 is light ruby red. The nose is filled with cherry, strawberry and hints of oak. The palate is full of bright fruit, especially dark cherry. This fruit forward Pinot Noir has nice acidity to play off the fruit on the front of the palate to give this wine nice balance.
Rutini, Encuentro Merlot, 2011 is dark garnet red in the glass. Dark red fruits dominate the palate, currants, black berries and plum. Dark Raspberry with hints of tobacco with an elegant and silky smooth tannins lead to a long finish. This wine shows the real character of Merlot done right.
Rutini, Encuentro, Malbec, 2011 dark purple with aromas of rich red raspberries, blackberries and violets with hints of oak. The palate is dominated with tart red berries, violets, some lightly toasted oak and baking spices. Smooth tannins lead to a medium finish and nice acidity that cuts through rich cuts of beef.
Rutini, Encuentro, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 is dark garnet red. The nose is filled with soft red fruits; light baking spices and toasty oak. The palate has tart red fruit upfront, with cherry and some oaky notes rounding out this full-bodied red. Firm but smooth tannins lead to a long finish that is also meant to go with beef or wild game fresh off the grill.
Rutini, Encuentro, Barrel Blend 2009 is a special treat. A blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, 30% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Franc, a true Bordeaux blend. This wine is clean medium garnet red in the glass with aromas of rose petals, violets, strawberry and raspberry with some spiced oaky notes. The palate follows the nose and has clean acidity and very smooth tannins with nice acidity, that leads to a long finish, this wine is fantastic!
The Encuentro lines of Rutini wines are very well crafted and capture the real feel of quality Argentinean wines, They are all very food friendly, and the reds can stand up to all meats coming off the grill. Also the price to quality ratio is very high and makes Rutini; Encuentro wines an excellent value and deserve a place on your dinner table.

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