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Vina Cobos (Paul Hobbs) Felino Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Mendoza, Argentina)
Vina Cobos (Paul Hobbs) Felino Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Mendoza, Argentina)

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Winery: Vina Cobos (Paul Hobbs)
Varietal: 88% cabernet sauvignon, 8 % syrah, 4% petit verdot
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Vintage: 2009
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Tasting Notes:

A deep ruby hue  accompanies an earthy nose, rich with aromas of fine-grained leather and licorice.  The palate is generous and complex, with intrepid notes of black currant and boysenberry weaved  together with graphite and sweet tobacco.  Ripe, plush tannins combine  with subtle minerality  creating an  ideal balance and a lengthy finish.  Alcohol 14.5

About this Wine:

The wines of Viña Cobos are the result of a shared dream inspired by the passion of California winemaker Paul Hobbs and two winemaking partners, Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud, who come from a wine producing culture deeply rooted in European tradition. Paul Hobbs first became acquainted with Argentina in 1989, and was immediately intrigued with the Argentinean terroir and culture, sensing a unique potential for malbec and other varietals in the region. The inaugural vintage of Viña Cobos Malbec received the highest score to date for any Argentine wine upon its release in 2002. Since then, Paul and his Argentine partners have grown their portfolio of ultra-premium wines, which continue to receive even greater accolades.   

The Felinos exhibit a great balance of pure, concentrated fruit, lively acidity and smooth tannins. Our Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Chardonnay are vibrant, mouth-filling wines that pair exceptionally well with food.

Ratings & Reviews

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Quite ripe, with plum sauce and blackberry jam notes woven with sweet licorice and spice. Sweet fruit hangs on the finish. A bit obvious, but will have some fans. Drink now. 9,398 cases made." –JM (Apr 30, 2011)

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2008 vintage):

"Deep purple color; splendid nose of exotic spices and black fruits, layered, dense, over-delivers." - Jay Miller (Dec 2010)

Wine Spectator Magazine (2008 vintage):
"A fresh, forward style, with black currant, black licorice snap and coffee notes that linger through the medium-weight finish. Drink now. 13,244 cases made." –JM (9/30/2009)

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2007 vintage):
"The purple-colored 2007 Felino Cabernet Sauvignon offers up spicy black currants and blackberry. Smooth-textured and layered, it has excellent balance and a lengthy, pure finish. It’s hard to think of a better value in Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vina Cobos is Paul Hobbs’ winery in Mendoza. He is better known (at least for the moment) to USA connoisseur/collectors for his namesake winery in Napa Valley which has received many accolades (including 100-point scores from Robert Parker) for its Cabernets, Pinot Noirs, and Chardonnays. What is less well known is that Hobbs is a pioneer in fine wine production in Argentina, having started there in 1988 with Nicolas Catena. Senor Catena gives Hobbs much credit for the success of Catena-Zapata’s Chardonnay program. He has since extended his consulting efforts both in Argentina and Chile but the capstone of Hobbs’ work is Vina Cobos which began in 1998 and moved into its own winery facility in 2007. The first vintage of the top-of-the-line Cobos Malbec Marchiori Vineyard was 1998 but it was ruined by rain and never sold in the USA. 2000 and 2001 were not up to par, 2000 being the El Nino year and 2001 being too dilute, resulting in their declassification." - Jay Miller (Dec 2008)

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