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+
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. Tee 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.
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.