Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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If Perdriel is a very good terroir for Malbec, it’s potentially excellent for Cabernet Sauvignon. That’s certainly the case here on this ripe, layered, nuanced single vineyard red. Aromatic, balanced and refined, with filigree tannins, deftly integrated oak and supporting acidity. 2020-30. Alcohol: 14.5%
A very open red with dried flowers and dark berries. Walnuts and hazelnuts, too. Full body, round and soft tannins and a nice chewy finish.
An even more difficult year for Cabernet Sauvignon, the grapes for the 2015 Bramare Cabernet Sauvignon Marchiori Estate had to be severely sorted to keep the quality level and the volumes. This is the top Cabernet bottled in 2015 (it was not produced in 2014), as no Volturno was produced in 2015. It has the combination of herbal and ripe aromas that I found in many Cabernets from 2015, but it's clean, even if it is not a super vintage for the bottling, the oak is nicely integrated and the tannins are fine. I uncorked a second bottle, and it showed better definition and more freshness. It's probably better uncorked and drunk—and perhaps should be drunk in the medium rather than long term. 6,960 bottles were produced. Rating: 90+
Viña Cobos makes wines that are authentic expressions of the terroir from which they come. Paul Hobbs, founding partner and winemaker at Viña Cobos, has worked since 1988 in the exploration of the different terroirs of Mendoza, looking for the most distinguished regions in Luján de Cuyo and the Valle de Uco, to produce wines that uniquely express their origins.
Sustainable farming methods in the vineyard contribute to consistent yields of healthy fruit. In the winery, careful treatment of the grapes and meticulous winemaking techniques result in complex and elegant wines of subtlety and balance.
With the inaugural vintage of Cobos Malbec in 1999, Viña Cobos marked a milestone in viticulture, defying existing standards and firmly positioned Malbec and Argentina on the international wine scene. Since then, our prestigious wines have been recognized around the globe by critics and consumers alike.
By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza, divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, is the source of some of the country’s finest wines.
For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec. Originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s, here it found success and renown that it never knew in its homeland where a finicky climate gives mixed results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and sometimes even blended with each other or Malbec). Mendoza's main white varieties include Chardonnay, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.