Sunday, August 2, 2009

Vina Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Vina Cobos is a joint venture between American winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs and his partners in Argentina, Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud. Hobbs is much more famous for the Napa Valley winery that bears his name, but Vina Cobos makes some very nice wines that might start to change that a little bit.

This 2007 Felino Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza has deep red-purple color with a full body. Aromas of cassis and blackberry dominate with pencil lead and a hint of vanilla and spice. Fruit forward in style, you get flavors of cassis and blackberry jam with very smooth tannins for such a young Cab.

At a price of about $18, this wine gives you a lot of bang for your buck. It compares favorably to a lot of Cabs in the $30 plus price range. Highly recommended!

Like any good Cabernet, this wine pairs very well with grilled steak or other beef dishes. It also goes nicely with aged cheeses.

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