Trivento Eolo Malbec 2009
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Purple tinted with assertive red tones, Eolo unfolds layers of engaging aromas including ripe cherry, smoky coconut and hints of blueberry jam. Full bodied in structure, this wine has lively fruit flavors and sweet round tannins that allow for a long, smooth and lingering finish.
Eolo's vineyards, planted in 1912, are perched high above the surrounding vineyards and nestled in a privileged location. Higher altitude allows the 96 year old vines to benefit from cooler nights and days with larger temperature variation, allowing for smaller bunch development and grape size, with more concentrated fruit character and marvelous color. Nurtured through life by melt water from the Mendoza river and harvested over two weeks, vine by vine, this wine represents the highest quality from Trivento. The highest quality from Argentina.
Wine Spectator - "Toasty, displaying mesquite, baking spice and licorice notes to the racy plum sauce and creamy wild berry compote flavors, remaining fresh as the finish reverberates with fruit character. Drink now through 2017. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Eolo is Trivento’s prized wine, and this vintage hammers away from the start with blackberry, toast and pepper aromas. The palate is huge and extracted, with dark, fat blackberry flavors that are tempered by graphite and minty oak. It’s as black as they come, with mint and licorice flavors on the finish. An inky, intense wine, with less than 500 cases made."
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated bright ruby. Pure, dark aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate, violet, menthol and licorice. Large-scaled and quite sweet in the mouth; a no-holds-barred fruit bomb of dark berries and bitter chocolate. Saturates the entire mouth with flavor and finishes with building tannins, a more restrained sweetness and a slight alcoholic warmth. Outstanding in its idiom."
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Our winery is named after the three winds that sweep through our vineyards, giving our grapes their unique character.
The icy Polar wind invades the vineyard in winter. Cold forces the sap deep within the vines. Pruning begins to encourage renewed growth.
The Zonda wind rushes down off the Andes from the West. Racing across open furrows, its warmth envelops each plant rousing the dormant sap to supply new, spring growth.
The third wind, the Sudestada, draws in from the East, fresh yet humid, in summer. It gives our grapes respite from the searing sun and eases berry ripening. View all Trivento Wines
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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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.