Country: Argentina Region: San Rafael
Vintage: 2016 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Vina Cobas
This is spectacular. Paul Hobbs is a wine legend. Forbes magazine called him 'the Steve Jobs of wine. Vina Cobos Felino Malbec is a fabulous Malbec with real depth and structure made from low yielding high altitude vineyards. Rich Blueberry and blackcurrant flavours complemented by mature oak and great weight. Full bodied and great with full hearty stews.
After visiting Argentina in 1989, Californian trail-blazer Paul Hobbs became deeply interested in both the terroir and Argentine culture, noticing the unique potential for Malbec and other varietals in the region. After meeting two kindred spirits, Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud, they founded Viña Cobos in 1997 and since then there has been no looking back. Utilising gnarly old vines, careful vineyard selection, very low yields and an unerring empathy for the raw materials, Viña Cobos craft intense yet balanced wines that showcase the elegance and beauty of this region.
From vineyard sites in Luján de Cuyo, Maipu and Valle de Uco at altitudes of 2300 to 3835 feet above sea level. The diurnal temperature variations, long growing season and altitude give a tremendous purity of fruit. These sites are semi desert and irrigation is an essential. Yields are strictly limited.
Ageing Potential: 9 Years
"Extremely dark fruit on the nose with blackberries and wet earth. Full body, with a solid core of fruit and a mineral, blue slate and blueberry aftertaste. Black pepper and spice finish. So much wonderful wine for the money. 92 points" (jamessuckling.com)
Food Matches: Red Meat / Lamb / Chicken / Venison