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Thursday, November 20, 2008

2004 Cobos Malbec

This Malbec is part of Paul Hobbs' import portfolio and is produced in Argentina's Mendoza region. The grapes used for this wine were grown on 80+ year vines in the Marchiori Vineyard. The yield for the vines is about 2 tons per acre, so this fruit is super concentrated and powerful. The color of this wine is an opaque black-purple and you can tell just by the color the wine is quite extracted. The nose is extremely rich and expressive showing notes of intense black fruit; creamy cassis, grape popsicle, toasted oak, tar, blackberry, and black currant. The aromas make you want to eat the wine! The flavors were equally as powerful and dense with loads of cassis and extract. Creamy oak, black currant, and a hedonistic fruit forward polish. Not rustic in it's approach, this wine does not follow the statues quo for Argentine Malbec. It's about as good a Malbec as I've ever tasted and close to the best wine period. Strange but I think it's the highest rated wine on the Blog Wine Cellar. 97 Points

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