In Spanish apatar means to set aside. At the Rutini Winery in Mendoza, Argentina it means to select the best grapes from their different vineyards to create a fantastic wine. Rutini, Mendoza, Argentina, Apartado, Malbec, 2010 is crafted from the best barrels of Malbec from their Tupungato, La Consulta, and Altamira vineyards. The Apartado is then aged for 18 months in French oak. Wine maker Mariano Di Paolo carefully selects the best grapes from the vineyard to the winery to make this special wine.
Rutini, Mendoza, Argentina, Apartado, Malbec, 2010 has a deep purple color in the glass. Aromas of plum, raspberry, licorice, violets and sage tease the nose. The aroma excites the palate of a tasty treat to come. The palate is alive with dark fruits backed by tangy citrus and drying minerality. The full-bodied Rutini, Mendoza, Argentina, Apartado, Malbec, 2010 has firm well-structured tannins that don’t overwhelm the palate. The long finish goes from fruit forward to crisp acidity.
The Rutini, Mendoza, Argentina, Apartado, Malbec, 2010 calls out for meat. A medium grilled rib eye would be the perfect pairing. The fruit will work with the char marks while the acidity will cut through the rich fattiness of the rib eye.