Viña Cobos, Felino Malbec, Luján de Cuyo & Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018
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.
Vineyards are in the Valle de Uco and Luján de Cuyo at an altitude between 2,306- and 3,927-feet. Semi-desert climate. Hand-harvest.
Fermented with selected and native yeasts in 8 and 17 ton closed-top stainless-steel tanks. Aged in American oak barrels (10% new) for 8 months. Bottled in February. Unfined.
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 10
Bright and deep purple colour. Aromas of black fruit reminiscent of fresh plum mixed with graphite notes. On the palate the wine is balanced and energetic, with sweet and round tannins and a long finish.
A beautiful accompaniment to any meal, but particularly well with hearty casseroles and red meat.
James Suckling 92 Points
A juicy and savory red with dried berry and iron. Some rust. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Has some backbone and structure. Drink or hold. JS, 92 Points, March 2019.
12 x 75cl