External Reviews for Vina Cobos Chardonnay
One of Paul Hobbs Argentinian projects, Felino is a sort of second label to Vina Cobos, widely regarded to be one of Argentina's best. The 2011 Malbec is an outstanding value, with layered blueberry, chocolate, tobacco, and smoke.
The 2011 Felino Malbec was picked from March 28 until May 3 from vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and Uco Valley, with malolactic fermentation in barrel and eight months in French and American oak, of which 20% is new. The bouquet offers much more delineation than the Merlot, with bright red currant and iodine notes, later joined by scents of crushed violet. The palate is full-bodied with dense, slightly aggressive tannins. There is a core of crisp black fruit with a saline finish that, again, feels a little brutish in the mouth. With bottle age, the edges will be rounded off, but it is severe and uncompromising at the moment. Drink now–2018.