2012 Viña Cobos "Felino" Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza

SKU #1141181 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, dark red. Currant, mocha, cedar and dark chocolate on the subdued nose; less scented than the merlot. Then sweet, supple and seamless, with an inviting creamy middle framed by spicy energy. The flavors of black cherry, herbs and smoke linger on the suavely tannic finish. This, too, punches above its class.  (3/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Well-balanced, with fresh acidity supporting the cassis and cherry skin fruit character. Accented notes of slate and mocha fill the finish. Drink now.  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

This is our favorite in Paul Hobbs' Felino line-up, a wine where Hobbs truly shows his experience and skill working with Cabernet Sauvignon. Red fruited, with supple, round tannins and nice freshness, this is a Cab that shows the grape's continued promise when grown in well suited Mendoza sites. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3