2006 Viña Cobos Bramare "Marchiori Vineyard" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1050178 96-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Bramare 'Marchiori Vineyard' wines are from 100% estate grown fruit located in Lujan de Cuyo. The 2006 Bramare Malbec 'Marchiori Vineyard,' tasted from a barrel sample...is even better than the 2005. Vintage conditions were ideal and, for the first time, Hobbs stopped irrigation 12 weeks before harvest, most unusual in Mendoza's arid conditions. There was better natural acidity with little acidulation required. The wine offers more flavor complexity, vibrancy, and aromatic lift, and sensational length.The Bramare series is sourced from Lujan de Cuyo, a prime zone in Mendoza. Some of the fruit is from Cobos's estate vineyard, the balance from contracted fruit. The wines at this level receive more oak, longer macerations, and wild fermentations.  (12/ 2007)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Exotic and concentrated, with very lush fig sauce, blackberry and boysenberry fruit layered with alluring mocha and bittersweet cocoa notes. The long, fruit-driven finish has enough buried acidity for balance. For the hedonist crowd. Drink now through 2011.  (12/ 2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, saturated ruby. Reticent aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and sexy oak. Suave and nicely detailed, with sweet flavors of ripe black raspberry and chocolate...  (2/ 2009)

Jancis Robinson

 Very supple and round and concentrated. Complete - and you could actually drink it before the 2005. Polished and very flattering without being sweet. (18/20 points)  (6/ 2009)

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Malbec

- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.
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Argentina

- 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.