Vina Cobos produces wines from the Lujan de Cuyo region in the province of Mendoza in Argentina. The winery produces a full line of red and white wines utilizing Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay varietals.
The 2008 Vina Cobos Bramere Malbec was 100% Malbec. The grapes for the wine were sourced from the Marchiori Vineyards, near the town of Pedriel in Lujan de Cuyo. The wine was aged in French and American oak (70% new, 30% old) for 18 months. The label listed ABV was 15.2%.
In search of something outside of Bodegas Catena Zapata (which is a fabulous winery), I came across Vina Cobos.
Prior to tasting, the wine was decanted for 3 hours.
The color of the wine was a dark, violet red.
First impressions on the nose were blueberry and vanilla. There were floral notes in the background and something else…alcohol.
Black fruit was prominent on the palate. Along with it were tar and chocolate. Then, came the heat from the alcohol. I drink plenty of high ABV wines (don’t we know it!), but this wine was hot.
The finish carried black fruit, but was cut short by the alcohol.
To go with this wine, I had a field green salad with French dressing, followed by a cheese steak with grilled onions, baked potato, and steamed broccoli. I had hoped the steak would reduce some of the heat, but this was not the case at all. My notes read “hot into the hour 5” and “this wine is hot“.
This was a very, well made wine, but at this young age it the alcohol came through rather forcefully. A few years in the cellar will hopefully blend things together.
The 2008 Vina Cobos Bramare Malbec retails around $60. There are many other Malbecs available at this price, and below (far below!) that are better options at this point in time. If you plan on cellaring it for a few years, it is worth a shot.