Vina Cobos Cobos Malbec 2008

Malbec from Argentina, South America

Item No. 116647
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP97
  • WS93
  • ST92
Style: Big & Bold

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.4%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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. "
97 Points

"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. "
93 Points

"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."
92 Points

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