Viña Cobos, Felino Malbec, Luján de Cuyo & Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina, 2021
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, Viña 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 (Altamira, La Consulta, Los Arboles, San Pablo) and Luján de Cuyo (Las Compuertas, Perdriel), at an altitude between 2,306- and 3,927-feet. It is a semi-desert climate.
Hand harvesyed then 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
A deep red color with inky black tones. Aromas of blackberries, cherries and red fruit. On the palate the wine is medium bodied, with juicy tannins, pure and very generous.
A beautiful accompaniment to any meal, but particularly well with hearty casseroles and red meat.
James Suckling 92 Points
Very pure red with blueberries, purple fruit and violets that show on both the nose and the palate. It’s medium-bodied with integrated tannins and a pretty finish. Refined malbec. Drink now. 92 Points, JS, March 2022.
12 x 75cl