Nice golden burgundy in color with a slight floral nose, medium to light in body with a sweet berry like initial flavor; followed by a tart spicy farewell. Did not notice any substantial tannins present and would suggest it as drinkable now. Enjoyed with a medium cheddar cheese, would seem to go well with a light meat dish. Definitely a good value.
Nice merlot without the bite that comes with some. Improves with some breathing, but great taste and value. Time to order more
Nice floral nose. Fruit forward taste with a spicy, slight acidic finish, that tastes more balanced with time. Full-bodied and stiff for a merlot. Great value wine.
Nce red, comes on strong, robust tannins and oak, needs time to breath. Fresh it of the bottle it is almost fizzy with acid and tastes and smells overly oaken, but after some time, and with food, the wine becomes more balanced and enjoyable. Body is adequate, but not tremendous. Buy if like a good stiff red, dry and well oaked. Would go well with robust sauces and meats. Will stop at one case for now.
A bit sweet on the front end, but wonderfully smooth going through. A steal at this price.
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.