James Suckling Viña Cobos, 2012 Bramare Malbec, Valle de Uco
"Wonderful aromas of blueberries, blue slate and violet. Full body, yet very, very refined and silky. Delicate and silky finish. Love to smell this. Drink now." –July 2014
Wine Advocate Viña Cobos, 2012 Bramare Malbec, Valle de Uco
"The 2012 Bramare Malbec (Valle de Uco) is sourced from vineyards in San Carlos and Tupungato in the Uco Valley. The grapes fermented in stainless-steel vats and aged in a combination of new and used, French and American oak for some 17 months. This is very dark-colored, almost opaque and the nose shows dark aromas, too, of graphite, peat, hints of smoke and ripe black cherries plus plenty of spicy notes. The palate is full-bodied with polished, glossy tannins and moderate acidity. 30,000 bottles."
Vinous Viña Cobos, 2012 Bramare Malbec, Valle de Uco
"Bright, full ruby-red. A touch of reduction to the deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate and cocoa powder. Fat and dense but a bit more literal than the Luján de Cuyo Malbec, showing less energy and fruit intensity to its dark raspberry and dark chocolate flavors. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and a repeating chocolate quality." –March 2015
This 100% Malbec was hand-harvested exclusively from the prime La Consulta and Tupungato sub-regions of the Valle de Uco at elevations between 3,330 and 3,840 feet. The vineyards are composed of sandy and rocky patches with significant slopes which aid in drainage. These factors, along with the region's strong diurnal swings, result in fruit of excellent concentration and complexity.
The juice was fermented with selected and native yeasts in closed-top, stainless steel tanks followed by native malolactic fermentation in barrel (3 months to completion). The wine then aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels (~30% new) before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.