2013 Viña Cobos "Cobos" Malbec Lujan de Cuyo

SKU #1281080 99 points James Suckling

 The transparency and beauty to this wine is extraordinary. Blackberries, walnuts, spices and tile or terra-cotta which comes from the clay soils. Salty undertones. Full body, ultra-fine tannins, and finesse. It goes on for minutes. Another magical single vineyard wine from this producer.  (5/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Suave and well-integrated, this shows hot stone notes to the savory red berry and bramble flavors, with roast beef details emerging midpalate. The finish offers sandalwood and spice accents. Drink now through 2020. (KM)  (10/2016)

91 points Vinous

 Bright medium ruby. Port-like ripeness to the aromas of kirsch, olive tapenade, licorice and chocolate. Plush, sweet and deep; a very concentrated, large-scaled wine with huge palate presence but an almost raisiny suggestion of dried fruits. The fat fruit blows past the big, ripe tannins on the long finish. Will this no-holds-barred Malbec lose its baby fat or its energy first? (ST)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

From the C2 block of the estate's Marchiori Vineyard in Perdriel, which is about 3,000 feet above sea level. This single plot bottling features 80-year-old ungrafted vines which produce particularly small berries of intense flavor.

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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