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Vina Cobos Volturno Marchiori Vineyard 2012 750ml
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Vina Cobos Volturno Marchiori Vineyard Red Blend 2012

Lujan De Cuyo - Mendoza - Cuyo - Argentina

Professional Wine Reviews for Vina Cobos Volturno Marchiori Vineyard Red Blend 2012

Rated 96 by Decanter
I love the aromas here with black currant, black truffle, tanned leather and animal on the nose. Complex. Wet vineyard soil. Full-bodied, muscular and intense. It opens so well with air. Plenty of beautiful fruit and balance. Goes on for minutes. Intriguing wine that changes all the time. 97% cabernet sauvignon with a hint of merlot. Better in two or three years but enjoy it now too. (Suckling)
Rated 95 by Stephen Tanzer
(14.7% alcohol; 97% Cabernet Sauvignon with 3% Malbec): Bright medium ruby. Lovely perfumed lift to the aromas of licorice pastille, violet and crushed stone. Densely packed and fine-grained, with a near-perfect sugar/acid balance giving the wine early sex appeal. But this superconcentrated, extremely primary wine boasts outstanding sweet/savory black fruit and dark chocolate intensity and a powerful spine to support aging. Wonderfully palate-staining on the back end, finishing with sweet, noble tannins. For those who maintain that Cabernet Sauvignon can surpass Malbec in parts of Mendoza, this mineral-driven wine would make a strong argument.
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Winery: Vina Cobos

Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.

Region: Cuyo

Undoubtedly the most important viticultural region of the country of Argentina is Cuyo, the arid and red-soiled area within central-west Argentina which produces over eighty percent of the nation's wine each year. Cuyo represents the finest aspects of Argentinian wine making, with wineries in the region celebrating their traditions which stretch back to the sacramental wines first introduced to the country by Spanish settlers hundreds of years ago. As with much of Argentina, Cuyo is most famous for the production of Malbec wines, with Malbec grapes thriving prodigiously in the hot climate of the region, reaching full ripeness in ways they rarely could in their native France, and producing wines of exceptional flavor and quality. The Desaguadero River is the key water source in this otherwise dry and dusty region, and successful irrigation projects have helped bring water to even the driest vineyards within Cuyo.

Country: Argentina

It is said that the first Argentinian vines were planted in the Mendoza more than four hundred years ago by European settlers, and despite these early wines being used primarily for religious purposes, the fervor for wine making never left the area. Today, Argentina is keen to demonstrate its technological prowess when it comes to vineyard cultivation, by combining traditional methods of irrigation left over from the Huarpes Indians with modern techniques in order to make the dry, arid desert an ideal environment for growing grapes. Indeed, these ancient irrigation channels, dug hundreds of years ago and still in use today, bring mineral-rich melt water from the Andes via the Mendoza river, something which gives the grapes grown in this region some of their character. The primary grape of this and other regions of Argentina is the Malbec, which is highly susceptible to rot in its native France, but which thrives in the dry and hot climate of South America, producing rich and plummy wines which are highly drinkable especially when young.