Sunday, August 7, 2011

Review: *** $ Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006 - BEST VALUE

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Original Tasting and Review, June, 2010:   

By way of background: This is Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon from the Mendoza region of Argentina, made by Rutini Wines.  The 2006 vintage is finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Trumpeter is medium deep purple/red.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Mendoza cabernet shows a sweet, lightly musty, red currant nose. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a rich, perfumed blackberry fruit - think of it as ripe blackberry soaked in very light rosewater.  A balanced mix of fruit and acids crawls along your cheeks and lodges for awhile.

In summary: Overall, rich, red, mid-weight experience at a very modest price.  Rates a full three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a great value.

Following long decant, one day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  the aroma is still perfumed, but spiky and bright now.  Still solid and balanced on the palate.  Not much harmed by the decant, but it hasn't improved things.

Updated review, over a year later, August, 2011:  This has held time in bottle well. Nose and palate are entirely consistent with earlier review.

Following long decant, two days at room temperature in partially filled bottle:  Still very consistent.  Trumpeter takes easily to age and air!

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