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Viña Cobos Malbec Felino 2008
Paul Hobbs...is like a ski-bum in the wine industry. Meaning just like ski-bums bounce from hemisphere to hemisphere to catch that next great hill covered in fresh white powder...Mr. Hobbs does that same...but for grapes. As soon as the harvest season ends in California...he heads down to Argentina where he continues his craft making some of the best wine in the world. Ofcourse the terrior, temperatures, elevations are all different...but he still hones his skills/experience and delivers ridiculous juice and now at an even better price point. The Felino label was started as a lower-tier level for the Hobbs project in Argentina called "Vino Cobos." Yes...the Vino Cobos wines are amazing in their own right...but for $18 you are hard pressed to ever find a wine as good as the Felino Cab and Malbec. Last year, both wines were rated over 91 points from Robert Parker aka "The Wine Advocate" but taste it for yourself and see. New Release!!! The El Felino Malbec spent 9 months in French and A<!--This content belongs to bevnetwork.com and GARNET-->merican oak, 21% new. It is opaque purple in color with a complex nose of spice box, mulberry, and black cherry. This leads to a smoothly-textured, full-bodied wine with layers of plum and black raspberry flavor, good structure, and excellent length. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 6 years. It is a sensational value in high quality Malbec. Vina Cobos is the Argentina winery of the renowned Paul Hobbs, best known for his namesake wines from Californiaís North Coast.
Sweet oak and sweet fruit on the nose. It has a rich, elegant feel on the palate. Dark and loamy with ripe black currant, fig and mulled plum. Loads of roasty notes as well, with bittersweet chocolate and espresso. Lots of earth, cocoa and coffee.
Really good, not as big as a California cab, but very flavorful. We had it with a t-bone and it was a great pair.
smooth body, underwhelming undertones.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Viña Cobos Malbec Felino
If there is a more significant Catena connection, other than of course the various family members, it would have to be California winemaker Paul Hobbs, who was around as a consultant for those formati
Deep purple color; splendid nose of exotic spices and black fruits, layered, dense, over-delivers. -Jay Miller Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2008 Vina Cobos Cabernet Sauvignon Felino 750ml
The 2008 Bramare Malbec Lujan de Cuyo is purple/black with enticing scents of wood smoke, Asian spices, lavender, and assorted black fruits. It is sweeter, richer, and more structured than the Uco Valley cuvee. Packed with fruit, it merits cellaring ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Malbec wine from Mendoza in Argentina. 2008 Vina Cobos Bramare Malbec 750ml
If there is a more significant Catena connection, other than of course the various family members, it would have to be California winemaker Paul Hobbs, who was around as a consultant for those formative years when Catena first burst onto the international scene. One might even say that back then Hobbs was more famous for his work in the Southern Hemisphere, though he has certainly made a name for himself in the north coast of California these days as well. His wines used to be marketed under another name and El Felino was the title of the Malbec version. Now the whole line is simply called El Felino under the broader heading of Vina Cobos. This is one of those perfect storms these days, with an enormously talented American winemaker, now working on his own, in a clean facility with grapes grown in Mendozas near-ideal climate. Over the years there have been changes in marketing and production venue, but now it seems this entity has its act together and is on a roll. Last years efforts got big accolades from Wine Advocate, and here were are again for the second year in a row with an Advocate 91 (last years was called Cocodrilo). How many American Cabernets sport that kind of review for this kind of price? The bottom line is that if you are a Cabernet drinker and like a good deal (who doesnt), heres a whale of a choice. As the Wine Advocate states, "Its hard to think of a better value in Cabernet Sauvignon." Lots of fresh, creamy, spicy blackcurrant, smooth texture, polish and personality for not a lot of dollares.
Food Pairings for Viña Cobos Malbec Felino
This powerful, firmly structured malbec is black/fuchsia in color and perfumed with wild raspberry and bittersweet cocoa. The palate unfolds in velvety layers of plum, currant and anise. Notes of white pepper and minerals accompany fine-grained tannins on a long, memorable finish. Alcohol 14.8%
Notes: 8 months in American and French oak barrels; 21% new
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