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Vina Cobos Bramare Malbec Marchiori Vineyard Lujan de Cuyo 2016 £69.95
VINA COBOS BRAMARE MALBEC MARCHIORI VINEYARD LUJAN DE CUYO
Viña Cobos makes wines that are authentic expressions of the terroir from which they come. Paul Hobbs, founding partner and winemaker at Viña Cobos, has worked since 1988 in the exploration of the different terroirs of Mendoza, looking for the most distinguished regions in Luján de Cuyo and the Valle de Uco, to produce wines that uniquely express their origins.
The Marchiori Estate is an important part of their history. Malbec grapes grown in block C2 were the source of the inaugural vintage release, Cobos Malbec 1999. The vineyard has deep free-draining soils, with textures that may vary from loamy-clay to loamy-sand, and are slightly alkaline. Deep below, there are layers of pebbles and rounded stones.
Bright red colour with violet tones. The aromas are complex with ripe red plums and cherries, as well as graphite, tobacco and dark chocolate. Mineral notes are expressive on the nose and the round, delicate palate. There is a balance of fruit and tannin on the palate, with fruits and spices that linger on the finish.
2016 not yet reviewed, but this is what they said about 2015...
92 Points RobertParker.com
2015 was not an easy harvest in Luján de Cuyo, where the grapes for the 2015 Bramare Malbec Marchiori Estate grow. It comes through as ripe and a little heady, with notes of plums and dark cherries and an earthy and spicy touch. There are balsamic aromas reminiscent of cigar ash and incense with a touch of graphite and liquorice. It has a full-bodied palate, with grainy, slightly dusty tannins. This comes from a different block than the Cobos, and there are slightly younger vines with less stony soils. Here the wine matured in 65% new French barriques for 18 months. 6,480 bottles produced.
Reviewed by Luis Gutiérrez