2012 Viña Cobos "Felino" Merlot Mendoza (Previously $17)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright, full red. Expressive aromas of black cherry, blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice, with a musky animal nuance and good lift from herbs and spices. Juicy and nicely delineated, displaying good depth and energy to the flavors of blackberry, black cherry, cassis, spices and herbs. Lively merlot with smooth tannins, a lingering hint of herbs and noteworthy intensity for its price point. Very satisfying now.
Fleshy, with bright acidity backing the juicy plum and racy cherry notes. Hints of toasty oak and flint mark the finish. (Web Only-2013)
A very convincing Merlot, Paul Hobbs' "Felino" shows pleasant, plummy and red fruit aromas, which lead to a tasty, juicy palate of mixed berry fruit. Drinkable and very nicely balanced Merlot, a fine alternative to any of your pricier Napa favorites! (Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer)