Viña Cobos Chardonnay Mendoza Bramare 2004
Maceration: 4 to 5 days cold soak, 30 days total maceration Secondary fermentation: Native malolactic fermentation in barrel Primary fermentation: Fermented in 8 ton closed -top stainless steel fermentors Aging: 18 months in French oak, 70% new Bottling date: January 2006; unfined and unfiltered VINTAGE Conditions were optimal throughout the 2004 growing season. Rain in early spring followed by cool, dry conditions resulted in an even crop set. The fruit ripened over a summer or warm days balanced by cool evening temperatures. Rain late in the season provided for a challenging harvest but careful attention to the grapes resulted in a wine of power and concentration.
Massive wine, broad shuoldered and complex. One of the best malbecs I have tasted. The 2004 is still very young (as of mid 08). As it opens in the glass, the minerality gives way to a universe of red fruits, spices and cedar notes. Dark as ink and with a structure that is almosy impenetrable, the layers keep unfolding one by one, I can't wait to drink this wine 4-5 years from now, if I can hold it!
This is a nice wine but not at 140.00. There are many, many Mendoza Malbecs for a fraction of this price that are as good or better. Despite RP's view, this is not a 96 point wine, sorry.
Four and a half glasses