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Vina Cobos (Paul Hobbs) Felino Chardonnay 2017 (Mendoza, Argentina) - [JS 92]
Vina Cobos (Paul Hobbs) Felino Chardonnay 2017 (Mendoza, Argentina) - [JS 92]

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Winery: Vina Cobos (Paul Hobbs)
Varietal: Chardonnay
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750 mL


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Notes from the Winemaker:
Pure pale gold with green hues in the glass. Fascinating notes of Bosc pear, white peaches, passion fruit and pineapple, beautifully accompanied by orange blossom, white flowers and subtle notes of bread crust. On the mouth, it shows a creamy texture, good volume and bright acidity. An elegant chardonnay with a great bouquet, balanced and persistent.

Vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, Tupungato and San Carlos. Altitude between 3.254 and 3.303 feet. Semi-desert climate.

Growing Season:
It was heavily affected by rainfall, all along until harvest; this was due to the Niño phenomenon. The overall average
temperature was lower than the reported for previous seasons and this provoked an unprecedented thirty day lag in the
vines’ phenology. The average precipitation for both January and February were above the historic average. The harvest
season also was delayed three weeks and the grapes presented good concentration as well as a marked natural acidity.
Yield is of 3.56 to 4.46 tons per acre.

Fermentation & Bottling:
Primary fermentation with natural yeasts and native malolactic fermentation, 7 months to completion. Bottled in October 2016.

Technical Data:

varietal composition: 100% Chardonnay
Hand-harvested: February 22nd to March 28th, 2016
appellation: Luján de Cuyo, Tupungato and San Carlos

Ratings & Reviews
92 Points - James Suckling:
"Aromas of cooked apple, mango and hints of pear with some toasted oak. Pie crust, too. Full body, tight and linear with bright acidity and a juicy and tangy finish. Creamy texture. Drink now. Screw cap." - (April 5, 2018)

89 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Plush and richly spiced, with ripe pear and baked apple flavors that feature a creamy texture. Tropical accents show on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 7,100 cases made." – KM (Jun 15, 2018)

89 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2017 Felino Chardonnay was only partially oaked (less than in the past), and it's also 100% without malolactic this year but was kept with the lees to have more volume on the palate. The palate has very good freshness, and new winemaker Andrés Vignoni told me he likes wines with acidity. This represents a big change. This is clean, serious and sharp, with good freshness and minerality and with very little influence from the oak. 130,000 bottles produced." - Luis Gutiérrez (29th Jun 2018)

Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"Bright light yellow. Lively aromas of yellow peach and flowers with a touch of leesy complexity (winemaker Andrés Vignoni did not add sulfides until May, stirring the lees every 10 to 15 days "to gain creaminess while keeping acidity," and bottling the wine in December). Good peach intensity complicated by salty minerality and firmed by calcaire. Nothing sweet or sloppy about this excellent entry-level Chardonnay. Finishes firm and persistent, with lingering minerality." - Stephen Tanzer (Jul 2018)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Flowery peach, dust and oak aromas lead to a full round palate. Salty apple and woody flavors are plump and common to New World Chardonnay. Wood resin and spice flavors combine with leftover apple notes on the finish of this popular-style wine." - Michael Schachner ( 9/1/2018 )

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