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2006 Viña Cobos "Nico" Marchiori Vineyard Mendoza

SKU #1050205

96 points Robert Parker Wine Advocate:" The 2006 uNico Marchiori Vineyard is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Malbec. Opaque purple-colored, aromatically it has the complexity that a great vintage can provide. Notes of pain grille, crushed stone, lavender, black cherry, blackberry liqueur, and fruit compote are exquisite. On the palate, the wine is opulent, dense, intensely flavored, and lengthy. It will continue to evolve for another 4-6 years and offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2026." (12/08) 93 points Stephen Tanzer: "Full ruby-red. Crushed berries, exotic spices, tobacco and musky oak on the nose. Fleshy, sweet and full, with a seamless texture to the thick flavors of dark berries, candied licorice and cocoa powder. With its solid underlying minerality, this shows more energy than the Marchiori Vineyard malbec. Really saturates the palate on the back end, finishing with lush tannins and superb breadth and sweetness." (Jan/Feb '09) 93 points Wine Spectator: "A very dark, rich, toasty style, with layers of fig, mocha, blackberry and currant that pump through the broad, muscular finish, where loam and coffee notes fill in. Has considerable heft, but displays purity and balance as well. Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Best from 2010 through 2013." (05/09) ETA: Early Sept 2009.

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- 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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.4