Vina Cobos Felino Chardonnay 2016

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90 Points - Luis Gutierezz (erobertparker.com)

The just-bottled, screw-capped 2016 Felino Chardonnay was quite impressive. It's now produced exclusively with grapes grown in the Valle de Uco and was cropped from an unusual wet and cold growing season. It fermented with indigenous yeasts with full malolactic, with 15% of the volume put into neutral French oak barrels and bottled seven months after the harvest. It's very fresh and varietal, with a nose that mixes white flowers and fruit and a balsamic twist. The palate is fresh and sharp, elegant with very clean flavors, showcasing the minerality of the soils. Is this the finest Felino Chardonnay to date?

Taste & Aroma

Score:90

The just-bottled, screw-capped 2016 Felino Chardonnay was quite impressive. It's now produced exclusively with grapes grown in the Valle de Uco and was cropped from an unusual wet and cold growing season. It fermented with indigenous yeasts with full malolactic, with 15% of the volume put into neutral French oak barrels and bottled seven months after the harvest. It's very fresh and varietal, with a nose that mixes white flowers and fruit and a balsamic twist. The palate is fresh and sharp, elegant with very clean flavors, showcasing the minerality of the soils. Is this the finest Felino Chardonnay to date?

Luis Gutierrez

Producer

Vina Cobos was founded in 1997, this high altitude winery in Argentina’s famed Lújan de Cuyo district is the brainchild of renowned Napa winemaker Paul Hobbs and his partners, Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud. Production is centered on the release of wines from old vines with low yields across four labels: Felino, Bramare, Bramare Single Vineyard and Cobos. Felino represents the entry level wines with an emphasis on varietal character, fruity notes and freshness on the palate. Being versatile styles they drink well on their own or with food. Bramare, the next tier up, comprises varietal wines from the specific parcels of the Lújan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco regions. These are often vineyard sites owned by growers with whom the winery has long-standing contractual arrangements.

A change in gear at this level see the wines undergo fermentation with indigenous yeasts, oak ageing in premium barrels with fining and filtration avoided for maximum flavour expression. It is with the Bramare Single Vineyard range where terroir expression is remarkable. In particular, the Marchiori Vineyard, which is owned by Andrea Marchiori’s family showcases vines of more than 50 years of age with a south-eastern exposure that result in wines of both opulence and balance. The Malbec produced here is profound, long-lived and an outstanding example of this variety. At the very top of the estate’s portfolio is The Cobos label which includes the Malbec and a Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon blend called Corte uNico, recently renamed Volturno.

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Region

Mendoza was the first wine growing area in Latin America and today is still one of the largest in the world, with over 75% of Argentine wine coming from this region. It is a vast and extremely varied region and the key to producing seriously high quality wines this close to the equator is altitude – the higher the vineyard the cooler the nights and it is this which is hugely beneficial to acidity and colour as well as achieving specific wine flavours. Malbec is the most influential grape planted here, however local varieties such as Criolla Grande and Cereza account for over a quarter of the plantings across the vineyards. After Malbec, the next most important grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Chardonnay. These varieties do well here, in the semi-desert conditions. Mendoza has four distinct seasons but due to the soil conditions mixed with the warm summers, it must be irrigated.

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Zalto Denk-Art White Wine Glass

For elegant, classical fruit forward white wines, but also medium bodied red wines without overt barrique development.

Ideally for: All White Wines, Chardonnay / Viognier, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chablis, Muskateller, Frizzante, St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch.

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