Join us this Friday and Saturday, July 17 & 18 when we welcome Dan Gibb of Paul Hobbs Imports for a special guest tasting. Napa Valley wine legend Paul Hobbs developed Paul Hobbs Imports over 20 years ago with a single label called Vina Cobos. The original intent was to showcase this little known wine region and wine he had a hand in creating. In reality, he was at the forefront in the explosion of South America’s popularity worldwide. What began with that single label is today an expansive portfolio representing some of the finest wines South America has to offer.
Mr. Gibb will be pouring Felino, Bramare, and El Porvenir.
From Wine Buyer Andy Hall:
Felino Cabernet Sauvignon
A staff selection of mine during the Spring Wine Sale, I encourage you to stop in and taste …By now most of you know that Argentina is the world’s great source for Malbec. But we also recall how Australia, once the world’s source for great Shiraz, exploded in popularity and then collapsed. Argentina is trying to avoid this fate by diversifying sooner and ramping up quality on other varietals (Bonarda, Cabernet, and Torrontes) before the world gets tired of Malbec. To this end, Vina Cobos has made a serious commitment to both Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. A partnership of Paul Hobbs, the internationally famous consultant, with one of Argentina’s great wine powercouples, at a mere 15 years of age, Vina Cobos now boasts a full array of gorgeous wines. This Cabernet is flat-out fantastic. It is young yet, and still drinks with its layer of baby-fruit, but underneath that is a wonderful depth and richness that has clearly been crafted with style and polish. I think what makes this wine special is its amazing combination, at a very affordable price-point, of the deep bass and tenor chords that resonate with our red-winedrinking id, and very fine, precise, high notes that capture our attention and appeal to our love of beauty, detail, and brightness. These high-notes sometimes suggest crisp acidity and a certain “crunchiness” to the wine, in the way that cherries are bright and crisp and acidic. But that is not what is going on here. The brightness is just “in the fruit.” I have many times heard winemakers from Argentina refer to how their wines seem to capture the great luminosity that their wine country enjoys. I always thought this was just wine-maker “hooha.” Granted, I know that Argentine vineyards are watered far more from mountain run-off than from rain, and cloud-cover is not common. Sunshine is the rule. This wine, I think, has finally taught me what they mean.
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