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Sunday, June 19, 2011

2009 Viña Cobos Felino Chardonnay

Viña Cobos is a project that Paul Hobbs started with his Argentine partners Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud in 1997. Since then they have built a beautiful portfolio of wines that include the labels called Felino, Bramare, and Cobos.

The 2009 Viña Cobos Felino Chardonnay is made from fruit sourced from Argentina's most famous wine growing region, Mendoza. It's 100% Chardonnay that was whole cluster pressed and was only partially barrel aged (23%) while the remainder of the wine was aged in steel tanks.

On the nose I get some very nice aromas of red delicious apple, grapefruit, citrus, kiwi, toast, and subtle hints of bread dough or yeast. It's a very clean and bright bouquet and one that expresses the essence of the fruit rather than the barrel regimen.

On the palate the wine continues to exhibit this same vibrancy and displays flavors of citrus peel, apple, mineral, wet stone, and just a touch of toast from the oak. It's a tart wine that shows good acidity and balance.  88+ points

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