Ruta 22 Malbec 2011
Malbec from Argentina
An intense red violet color. On the nose, bright red fruit, plums and raspberries. On the palate, fruity, with round, firm tannins.
Highly recommended with red meats, cheeses made from cow milk and pastas with light sauces.
Wine Enthusiast - "Berry and black plum aromas are oaky and welcoming, with a hint of green herbs poking through. This feels full, round and friendly, with chunky weight and soft tannins. Creamy flavors of blackberry and dark plum come with a saline note, while the finish slides away easily. "
Ruta 22 Winery
RN 22 or Ruta Nacional 22 is the Argentinean National Highway that connects the provinces of Buenos Aires, La Pampa, Rio Negro and Neuquen along its 685 km. The highway leads to Dos Andes in Rio Negro and Neuquen, Argentina, finishing in a paradise of endless vineyards.
The geography surrounding Ruta 22 is one of plateaus, mountains and of extreme weather. This area is mainly characterized by a landscape of lakes, mountains and forests. Ruta 22 captures the essence of Patagonia, transporting people to a barren and rugged landscape; a landscape that is a fertile and potent foundation for amazing possibilities; and one that inspires adventure, sincerity and fearlessness. View all Ruta 22 Wines
Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review44 out of 5 stars
2 ratings, 2 with reviewsKsweeney - Walker, LA47/2/2015
My favorite Malbec. It's so smooth, with a hint of spice. And you can't beat the price.Bigjonkc - Lees Summit, MO46/16/2014
- Smooth & Supple
This is our favorite Malbec. Always tastes fresh and clean. Goes nicely with any red meat or cheese tray. Price is right
- Earth & Spicy
- Pair With
- Cheese > Semi-Firm