Vina Cobos Volturno 2009
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Depth and complexity are the hallmarks of this blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, created in honor of Don Nico Marchiori, patriarch of Marchiori Vineyad. Formerly known as Corte uNico, the wine now bears Don Nico's middle name: Volturno, and it will continue to be produced only in exceptional vintages.
Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec
The Wine Advocate - "It will be a memorable experience to compare it with the 2009 Cobos Volturno Marchiori Vineyard when it is fully formed. Loaded, long, powerful yet elegant, this velvety offering delivers everything one might want in a Malbec. This pleasure bent effort should see its 20th birthday in peak condition."
Wine Spectator - "This opens with a blast of blueberry, sweet grass and baking spices. On the palate, it feels syrupy and rich, with heavy flavors of caramel, baked berry, vanilla and blackberry jam. Sweet, modern in style and ripe to the max, this has a lush, plush finish of saturated berry and copious oak notes. Only 307 cases were made of this blend of 81% Cabernet and 19% Malbec."
Wine Enthusiast - "This opens with a blast of blueberry, sweet grass and baking spices. On the palate, it feels syrupy and rich, with heavy flavors of caramel, baked berry, vanilla and blackberry jam. Sweet, modern in style and ripe to the max, this has a lush, plush finish of saturated berry and copious oak notes. Only 307 cases were made of this blend of 81% Cabernet and 19% Malbec."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright full red-ruby. Aromas of black raspberry, cassis, dark chocolate, cola and minerals. Like liquid silk in the mouth, with a saline element to the lush, palate-saturating dark fruit and new oak flavors. Concentrated, dense and sweet but with excellent shape. Finishes with big, dusty, noble tannins and excellent subtle persistence, but needs time in bottle to absorb some of its sweet exotic oak."
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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
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
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.