Viña Cobos, Cobos Malbec, Block C2 Marchiori Vineyard, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2016
In 1989, Paul Hobbs visited Mendoza for the first time. Driving over the Andes from Chile with his longstanding friend Jorge Catena, brother of the famous Nicolas Catena, he fell in love with the place, the people, but also with the potential to make great wine.
He began experimenting with wild fermented Chardonnay and then with the variety that would become Argentina's calling card - Malbec. His first 10 barrel vintage of Malbec persuaded the American press of the potential of this grape. Paul established his own winery, Vina Cobos, in 1999 and 20 years later, Paul continues to makes wines that are authentic expressions of the terroir from which they come. In an exploration of the different terroirs across Mendoza Paul looks for the most distinguished regions in Luján de Cuyo and Valle de Uco to produce wines that uniquely express their origins. The winery’s elegant and balanced wines are a result of meticulous vineyard farming and utmost respect for terroir.
From the Marchiori Estate at 3,264 feet (995 meters). Spur pruned vineyard. Traditional furrow irrigation. Well-developed radical system among all the profile. This wine comes from block C2, from vines of more than 80 years old.
There is a pre fermentation cold maceration of 6 days followed by fermentation is in 8-ton closed-top stainless steel tanks. Total maceration period is approx 35 days then the into barrel where the malolactic fermentation takes place naturally. The wine spends approximately 18 months in new French Tarransaud barrels.
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 100
Deep ruby red colour with purple tones. Expressive, balanced and exquisite. On the nose, scents of roses and violets, ripe red fruit, figs, white pepper and clove. On the palate, the wine is delicate with ripe and silky tannins. Extremely elegant finish
A succulent wine made to be drunk with red meat such as a slow roasted leg of lamb.
Wine Spectator 96 Points
A big, rich and powerful red, filled with ripe and densely packed flavors of blackberry, dark currant and tapenade, supported by lively acidity. Offers silky tannins, with chocolate and Asian spice details on the long, creamy finish. Drink now through 2026. 96 Points, KM, Dec 2019.
3 x 75cl