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Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec 2012

Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • WS92
  • RP91
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Winemaker Notes

Brilliant red color with black hues. Lovely aromas of red fruits,blackberry and violets; hints of coffee beans and tobacco. A complex and structured Malbec, full of body and texture with sweet tannins and a delightful length.

Blend: 100% Malbec

Critical Acclaim

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Rocking black-fruit aromas come with strong accents of wood grain, char and desert herbs. This is big and rich from front to tail, with poking but controlled tannins and ripe, heady flavors of blackberry, cassis, herbs and toasted wood. Plum, blackberry, salty notes and charred oak flavors define the finish; drink through 2022.
Cellar Selection
JS 94
James Suckling
Lots of chocolate, walnut, and berry aromas with hints of toasted oak. Full body, with firm tannins and a juicy. Dark chocolate powder.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Redolent of chocolate mousse, this offers flavors of dark plum, blackberry and cherry tart, filled with plenty of creamy notes. Luscious and spicy midpalate, with a snap of black licorice on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 725 cases made.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The oakier of the single vineyards was the 2012 Bramare Malbec Rebon Vineyard, which had aromas of roasted wood and very ripe berries. This vineyard is in La Consulta. The nose feels sweet, with plenty of cinnamon and vanilla, a little too oaky for my taste (all these vineyards designated wines age for some 17 months in around 60% new French oak barrels). The palate is full-bodied, dense, thick, glossy and intense, lifted by the alcohol, with plenty of the sweet cinnamon and spicy notes found in the nose. Wait a bit for this XL Malbec.
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Vina Cobos

Vina Cobos

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Vina Cobos, Uco Valley, 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.

Uco Valley

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With a winning combination of cool weather, high elevation and well-draining alluvial soils, it is no surprise that Mendoza’s Uco Valley is one of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in Argentina. Healthy, easy-to-manage vines produce low yields of high-quality fruit, which in turn create flavorful, full-bodied wines with generous acidity.

This is the source of some of the best Malbec in Mendoza, which can range from value-priced to ultra-premium. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay also perform well here.

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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