2015 Viña Cobos "Bramare" Cabernet Sauvignon Lujan de Cuyo

SKU #1354863 92 points James Suckling

 A solid cabernet sauvignon with berries, currants and hints of fresh herbs. Medium body, integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows focus. Drink or hold.  (6/2017)

92 points Vinous

 (14.8% alcohol; from vines averaging 25 years of age, mostly surrounding the winery in Perdriel): Dark red-ruby. Sappy aromas of crushed blackberry, cassis, sour cherry and licorice complemented by a sexy leesy element. A very suave, sweet fruit bomb of a Cabernet, softer than the Malbec Luján de Cuyo but also showing more oak today. Offers pristine flavors of dark berries, spices and tobacco. The tannins are substantial but fine-grained, making those of the Malbec Luján de Cuyo seem dusty by comparison. Winemaker Vignoni vinifies this wine with a higher percentage of whole berries, doing what he describes as 'almost partial carbonic maceration.' (ST)  (7/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Deep berry aromas are softened by a touch of prune on this fully ripe Cabernet that's a bit soupy and soft on the palate. Cassis and brown-sugar flavors suggest maximum ripeness, while Port notes are easy to find on the finish. Drink through 2021. (MS)  (5/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe dark fruit and spice flavors are supported by firm acidity and tannins. Forest floor notes show midpalate, leading to a rich, minerally finish. Drink now through 2021. (KM)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

Paul Hobbs' Bramare tier at Viña Cobos steps up the quality significantly from the value oriented Felino range. Here we have lower yielding vines from the Lujan de Cuyo district, an area known not only for its centenarian Malbec vines, but also for some particularly well-regarded Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2015 Bramare Cab certainly resembles a Paul Hobbs-made wine for anyone familiar with his work; there is a respectful nod towards Napa in the wine's spicy, ripe red fruit, polished tannin structure and supple, velvety mouth feel.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- 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 (%): 14.7