James Suckling Viña Cobos, 2014 Viña Cobos 'Cocodrilo' Corte
"A red with chocolate, berry and spice aromas and flavors. Hints of chocolate. Full body, firm tannins. Polished and delicious. Made from cabernet from Luján de Cuyo and from Valle de Uco. Drink now." –May-16
77% Cabernet Sauvignon
14% Cabernet Franc
Fruit comes from vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, Tunuyán and San Carlos in the Valle de Uco between 3180 ft to 3940 ft in elevation with a semi-desert climate. Hand-harvested grapes are fermented with selected and native yeasts in 8 and 17 ton closed-top stainless steel tanks. They undergo a 3- to 4-day cold maceration with 25 days of total maceration. Native malolactic fermentation occurs in barrel taking 2 months to complete. The wine ages for 14 months in 20% new American oak barrels.
The period 2013/14 presented complex weather conditions since the beginning of the season. Spring began with very low temperatures and snowfalls in the plains. Late frost affected the yield of varieties like chardonnay and malbec. A heatwave in January and rains in February were highlighted as climate anomalies; in both cases they were above average. The months of February, March and April had a cool climate, with record temperature below the historical average, which allowed an homogeneous maturity of oenological parameters.