2006 Viña Cobos "Marchiori Vineyard" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1050202 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 According to Hobbs, 2006 was one of the great vintages of his 20 year career in Argentina. The near perfect 2006 Cobos Malbec Marchiori Vineyard is my favorite of this remarkable collection. A glass-coating, saturated opaque purple/black in color, the wine offers up a sexy/kinky bouquet of pain grille, Asian spices, pencil lead, mineral, lavender, blueberry, and black cherry. On the palate there is layer upon layer of savory fruit, spice notes, espresso, and chocolate as well as exquisite balance. The wine’s finish lasts for more than a minute. Try a bottle, bury the rest in your cellar for ten years, and then drink them from 2018 to 2040.  (12/ 2008)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Very lush, with concentrated but silky layers of fig sauce, crushed plum, blackberry paste and mocha that glide over muscular but well-rounded tannins. Long and velvety through the powerful finish.  (12/ 2008)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of black raspberry, cassis, musky coffee, mocha and graphite. Creamy, sweet and fat with fruit, with just enough underlying minerality and tannic spine to give shape to the thick flavors of blueberry and cherry liqueur. Not especially complex but lush and mouthfilling. Fans of sheer size will no doubt score this higher than I did.  (2/ 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.