Taste the wine and taste the winds of change…

A composition of 79 percent Malbec, 11 percent Bonarda, and 10 percent Syrah, the 2014 Amado Sur Malbec, is one alluring wine. From the Bodega Trivento estate in Mendoza’s Andean Foothills, this Amado Sur wine proves that Malbec has indeed fallen in love with and found its place in the south (sur) of Argentina. An impressively complex wine, this Amado sur, with rich flavors of stone fruit and cherries up front, and almonds on the finish, will rock your palate. It will also fit into most budgets pretty easily. Need a new world “house Malbec?” Look no further.

Trivento ~ “three winds” | tri – three ~ vento – wind

Terroir is a very complex subject, just as humanity has proven to be. To have three distinct winds affecting grapes in any given region, when each is so distinct, makes Mendoza, Argentina’s terroir even more complex than any average region’s climate. If you don’t believe it, just image having three partners that come at you, one after the other. One’s enough for most people, for good reason. Although, the winds of change these days may be turning what used to have some sense of normalcy, Argentina’s terroir remains to be very unique.

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First, Precipitation as Regards Terroir

Mendoza is in the northern-central part of Mendoza. It’s a region of foothills and high plains, and is on the eastern side of the Andes. Chile is against the coast line, with the Andes separate Chile and Argentina.  Mendoza’s climate is considered to be arid. Summer is from November until March, and this is when it also rains the most. This is the opposite of California’s weather, for instance, when rain also falls from November through March; but, this is our winter, not our summer. So, right away, that tells us a lot about this characteristic of Mendoza versus the west coast of the US. Still, Mendoza averages just less than nine inches a year. (The first nine days of February 2017, for instance, we just got 10 inches of rain.) Irrigation has to happen for this region, as you can well imagine.

Winds Play a Major Role in Trivento’s Terroir

Inspired by the Winds ~ Three winds leave their mark in TRIVENTO.

  1. EOLO, the capricious god of wind
    • EOLO is an Italian name for Homer’s Greek mythology. This wind’s behavior is given to sudden and unaccountable changes in behavior.
  2. Polar Zonda
    • It’s a foehn wind, which means that it’s a hot wind on the slopes of the Andes. It’s a dry, down-slope wind that occurs on the lee (downwind) side of a mountain range. The Zonda is a term used for this type of wind, because it happens over those parts of western Argentina, which are tucked into the slopes of the Andes. This includes the wine region of Mendoza. The wind climbs over and swooshes downward.
  3. Sudestada (southeast blown) wind
    1. This wind is a fresh, summer breeze, which sometimes bring storms.

Each agitating seasonal wind pierces the calm of Mendoza’s climate, leaving its mark on their wines.