Wine of the Week: 2008 Viña Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon

Argentina produces some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon on the market today. That may be too much of a sweeping generalization, so I will qualify it a bit by saying relative to Cabs coming from other New World producers, such as California, Chile, and Australia. I think this is particularly true in the $18-30 price range (and up, of course!). While a fuller discussion will certainly be a topic for the Beyond Malbec series in the near future, the inaugural Wine of the Week is the Viña Cobos Felino. Viña Cobos is the Argentine label of California winemaker Paul Hobbs. It has a great black currant center on the nose and on the palate. The nose also has floral notes and spice, while the palate has Australian black licorice and coffee bean, with some rather unexpected green notes (unexpected since I associate unripe or green characteristics with Chilean Cabernet). Medium acidity and fine, long-lasting tannins, with some bitterness in the finish.

Available at WineNation for about $22.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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