Vina Cobos

The wines of Viña Cobos are the result of a shared dream inspired by the passion of an American winemaker and two partners from a wine-producing culture deeply rooted in European traditions. Their founding aspiration: to produce a Malbec of power and elegance unequaled anywhere in the world. The inaugural 1999 vintage of Cobos Malbec received the highest score upon release for any Argentine wine. Since then, Paul and partners have grown their family of wines, which continue to receive even greater accolades. Cobos, Bramare, and Felino offer three tiers of exceptional Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Marchiori Vineyard 60 to 80 year old vines and other select properties within Mendoza.

Cobos Malbec represents “true north” for Viña Cobos; it is the founding inspiration for the Argentinean portfolio. It is produced only in exceptional vintages from the oldest vines (60 to 80 years) in the Marchiori Vineyard. It exhibits levels of concentration and power rarely achieved in Argentina – or in other top wine growing regions of the world – for that matter.  I didn’t get the opportunity to review the Vina Cobos wines and hopefully next time I will get the opportunity to tastes these wines to let you know how good they are.

2010 Cobos Malbec

Bramare Appellation wines are sourced selected vineyard blocks to express the full lushness and personality of both the Luján de Cuyo and Valle de Uco growing regions.

I tasted through six of these wonderful wines, they are beautifully made from Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon. These are big rich powerful wines that displays fruit of blackberry, blackcherry, cinnamon and  blueberry fruit on the palete. Even though the wines are big and powerful they still possess a very elegant velvet finish.

The Felinos exhibit a great balance of pure, concentrated fruit, lively acidity and smooth tannins. Our Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Chardonnay are vibrant, mouth-filling wines that pair exceptionally well with food.

The Felino Malbec 2012, was a very easy drinking wine somewhat spicy, cinnamon and blackberry fruit, I thought it was a very good mid priced Malbec for the market


Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel Tasting

On February 20th 2013 I tasted through the 10 of the wines in Napa Valley from Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Starting with the 2011 Chardonnay from both winery, the Far Niente is made in the white Burgundy style while the N&N is more of a traditional California style. N&N starting making there first Pinot Noir called EnRoute from the Russian River, bright red fruit and easy drinking wine.

Far Niente 06 Cabernet is classic rich Oakville fruit, well structured, blackberry, cassie with a well rounded finish.

I tasted through five of N&N 2009 single vineyards Cabernet from several well known vineyards in Napa Valley. I thought the CC Ranch was Juicy full body and very expressive on the finish.  Hayne Cabernet, has rich black cherry, complex mid palate leads to lingering finish.   Kelham Cabernet I thought this was most structure of all the wines from N&N, Black Currant well integrated tanning that leads to a mouth watering finish begging for more.  Quarry Cabernet, blackberry, tea, black cherry, this wine has the most distinct profile of all the wine and did i say it very good.  The last red is the State Ranch Cabernet, dark red fruit strong tanning and a big finish.

Then there is 07 Dolce the best made sweet white wine made in America, and has it own winemaker. All I could say was “WOW” I tasted Pear, orange, apricot all combined together to give your palate a joyful experience. Thanks to my friends at Far Niente and N&N for a great tasting.

Harvesting at Domaine Bertagna 2013

2011 Taylor Fladgate and 2009 Fonseca Ports

Vintage Port Tasting at Chicago Del Frisco’s

On Thursday, October 17, 2013 I attended a very exclusive port wine dinner at Del Frisco’s steakhouse Chicago Illinois hosted by The port wines were paired perfectly by Del Frisco’s GM Troy Smith, who is by the way the best Chef in the game for pairing food and wine.  Korband has several outstanding Port families under its umbrella,,, and  . We tasted through nine different ports with the assistance of Del Frisco’s Sommelier Michael Taylor, who explain that vintage ports are only produce when the farmers determined that they have an outstanding crop of grapes. We tasted vintage ports ranging from 2003 until 2011. Taylor Fladgate 2009 and 2011, were simply stunning in appearance, deep purple, and just a mouth full of joy. The winemaker at Taylor Fladgate for the past 40 years, believes that the 2011 Taylor Fladgate port is the best port that has ever been made and after tasting it I can not disagree with his statement. The 2009 Fonseca was in my opinion a delicious wine and possibly the best wine of the night.  We also tasted the 2003 and 2009 Croft port, excellent wines and I thought the 2009 needed a little bit more time but will get better with age. And finally the food was paired absolutely perfectly with the port wines, and all complements to Del Frisco’s chefs.20131017_20100120131017_184330