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.
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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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