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Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2011

Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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Winemaker Notes

Malbec of deep red color with violet hues. On the nose, exquisite aroma of red roses accompanies the red fruits, blueberry and cassis; notes of clove, cacao, pepper and nutmeg as well. This wine outstands by its complexity and structure, with great depth on the nose and palate. On the mouth it is powerful, persistent, kind and rich; velvety with a long end.

Blend: 100% Malbec

Critical Acclaim

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JS 97
James Suckling
A red with wonderful subtle depth on the nose and palate. Aromas change all the time here with cloves, pepper, tar, nutmeg, slate and more. Full body, with a powerful palate with incredibly rich fruit yet reserved and held back. Muscular and opulent yet held back giving the wine form. World-class. Better in 2018 but so impressive now.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Among Cobos’s high-end 2011 Malbecs, this one comes across as the most complete, layered and complex of the group. Aromas of fine oak and pencil lead augment blackberry and baked plum scents. The mouthfeel is smooth, round and rich, while flavors of tea, savory spices and black fruits dance long into the night. A ripe but not too heavy finish is earthy, calm and complete. Editors' Choice.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Bramare Malbec Marchiori Vineyard from Perdriel was vinified and raised in the same way as the 2011 Malbec from Rebon with just a little bit more new oak (77% vs. 67%) to try to show the differences from the two zones within Mendoza. This has good concentration and is quite powerful, true to the place, as the soils have quite a bit of clay, which make for powerful wines. This one disguises well it is 14.7% alcohol, which is well-coated by ripe, sweet tannins and juicy fruit. The nose turns spectacular after some time in the glass, subtle but intense, aromatic and powerful but elegant. Drink 2015-2023.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Ripe and jammy, yet well-balanced, with buried acidity supporting the roasted plum, cherry puree, mocha and smoke notes, building toward a rich, compact finish. Needs time. Best from 2015 through 2022.
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Vina Cobos

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Vina Cobos, Mendoza, Argentina
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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.

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.

Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originates in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it continued to flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. A French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. But it did not gain its current reputation as the country's national grape until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century.

In the Glass

Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of blackberry, plum and licorice, appropriately backed by aromas of freshly turned earth and dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, Malbec will be intensely ripe, and full of fruit and spice. From its homeland in Cahors, its rusticity shines; dusty notes and a beguiling bouquet of violets balance rich, black fruit.

Perfect Parings

Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

Sommelier Secret

If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

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