"Viña Cobos once again leads the ranking of most exciting Argentine wines of 2020" Wine Spectator, Top 100 – Dec 2020
Following on from our hugely successful Autumn release of the Vina Cobos wines, and their perfect 100 point score for the top Malbec from James Suckling, we have managed to get our hands on a further allocation of the best performing of the Bramare Single Vineyard range, the 2017 Chanares Malbec. Wine Spectator have scored this as the highest rated Argentinian Malbec from the 2017 Vintage with 96 Points, to go alongside the 97 Point score already received from James Suckling. As well as taking top spot, Vina Cobos had 3 wines in the top 6 in the report so obviously impressed at the tasting.
“The focus to this polished red is gorgeous with floral aromas colouring the blackberries and blueberries. Full-bodied, yet the tight, polished tannins give a sense of levity and refinement. Drink after 2024.” 97 James Suckling
“Vibrant, refined and filled with unctuous dark plum, blackberry and dark currant supported by velvety tannins. Cooking spices notes are deeply ingrained, with a long lifting finish that is filled with cream and dark chocolate accents. Drink now through 2027. 500 cases made.” 96 WS (Top Argentinian Malbec, Wine Spectator December 2020)
Viña Cobos is celebrating the scores and reviews by Wine Spectator. Once again Viña Cobos leads the list with not only a first place slot, but with 3 of the top 10 wines: Bramare Malbec Chañares Estate 2017 (96 points), Bramare Malbec Marchiori Estate 2017 (95 points) and Bramare Malbec Rebon Estate (95 points). These three wines from the Bramare Vineyard Designated tier express the unique voice of the individual estates within Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco.
The Viña Cobos Malbec 2017, has one more time scored among the best in Argentina. This wine also garnered excellent reviews from James Suckling with a perfect score of 100 points.
After a string of tough vintages for Argentina, the 2017 Malbecs show power and refinement, highlights Kim Marcus in his article. Regarding the 2017 harvest, in contrast to 2016, it was markedly drier and colder. There were four late frosts that affected yields across the board, resulting in the second smallest harvest in the past 50 years. On the other hand, harvest months were dry with very cool nights, which yielded wines with good acidity and bright fruit.
As Bramare Chañares Malbec received the highest rating the article leads with coverage on Viña Cobos, quoting Paul. "Every aspect of what we do was redesigned," Hobbs explains. "Key areas of focus in the winery included refinement of fermentation and press management practices, and élevage in barriques saw decreases in toasting, with reduction in new French oak.
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