Trivento is the property of Chile’s leading wine producer, Concha y Toro. The name means “three winds” — to salute the distinctive climate in the Andean foothills of Mendoza. The Polar wind forces sap deep within the vines in winter; the Zonda wind in spring wakes up the vines; the Sudestada in summer provides relief from the searing sun. Italy’s flying winemaker Alberto Antonini lent his expertise to this project. These Malbec wines are perfect for pouring with grilled meats. At the supermarket, they are top-shelf items, not bottom shelf.
Trivento Malbec Reserve Mendoza Argentina 2012, $12
I like this Malbec because it has some Old World earthiness. It has a core of berried-plum fruit, but overall, the drying espresso coffee, bittersweet chocolate notes rule. Beginning red wine drinkers might think it is bitter. That’s precisely the charm once you grow your palate.
Trivento “Amado Sur” Mendoza Argentina 2011, $15
This robust, nicely blended marriage of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah certainly packs a mouthful of fruit — blackberry, plum, cherry — approachable like fruit jam. It’s dry and earthy on the midpalate, picking up Old World notes. “Amado Sur” translates to “Southern love.”
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