Felino Cabernet Sauvignon

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A staff selection of mine during the Spring Wine Sale, we remaining inventory of this unique Cab (and still for a great price) and I urge you to take a look! …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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