Vina Cobos Cobos Malbec 2008
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Profound, saturated inky bluish black colors paint the glass, leading to a riveting debut of plum, blueberry and black walnut aromas. Regal structure and intensity define the voluptuous, meaty texture and polished tannins. Flavors of dulce de leche, black fruits, clove and coffee bean build to an impressive crescendo. Mouth-coating yet fine-grained tannins grace the endless finish of this densely-textured portrait of 80 year old-vine malbec from Marchiori Vineyard.
The Wine Advocate - "The Cobos label is used for the top-of-the-line offerings. The 2008 Cobos Malbec Marchiori Vineyard spent 18 months in 100% new Taransaud barrels. It is opaque purple/black with a soaring perfume of toasty oak, mineral, lavender, exotic spices, incense, licorice, dark chocolate, and black cherry. Layered, densely packed, and structured, this voluminous effort will benefit from 4-5 years of additional cellaring and offer a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2028. "
Wine Spectator - "Dense and concentrated, with a core of blackberry liqueur, plum skin and cassis notes tightly framed by silky tannins. Vibrant acidity drives the complex layers of violet, espresso and licorice in the long finish. Best from 2012 through 2015. 497 cases made. "
International Wine Cellar - "Good bright medium ruby. Superripe, slightly roasted aromas of musky black raspberry, tobacco and licorice. Lush, thick and quite sweet, but with intriguing violet lift to the aromas of black raspberry and violet. Not showing as much energy as the Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec but this is even larger-scaled wine. Finishes seamless and sweet, with substantial building, dusty tannins and notes of dark chocolate and cola. This may go on for years but it's certainly accessible right now."
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Vina Cobos Winery
The wines of Vina Cobos are the result of a shared dream inspired by the passion of three winemakers: Paul Hobbs and Argentine parters Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud. Their founding aspiration: to produce a Malbec of power and elegance unequalled anywhere in the world. THe inaugural 1999 vintage of Cobos Malbec received the highest score upon release for any Argentine wine and continues to garner some of the highest praise for any Malbec in the world. Through the years, Vina Cobos has expanded their family of wines, which continue to receive even greater accolades. Cobos, Bramare and Felino offer three tiers of exceptional Chardonnay, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, sourced from the estate Marchiori Vineyard and other select properties within Mendoza. View all Vina Cobos Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.