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Viña Cobos ‘Cocodrilo’ Cabernet Sauvignon: 2006, Mendoza, Argentina

June 4, 2008

~$16US, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina

I’ve been on an Olde World tear lately, and wanted to see what I’d been missing. We fired up a big rib steak, some sweet potato fries and popped this Cabernet, crafted by Napa Valley guru Paul Hobbs in Mendoza.

Dang. This is a huge, juicy, polished and decadent wine. Pure pleasure. Berry assault – cherries, sweet ripe blueberries exploding. Mocha and vanilla, some spicy clove and cinnamon. Rich and ripe and bringing some alcoholic heat and more than a little oak. Nice touch of bitterness to keep this from getting cloying in the finish. The bottle must have had a hole in the bottom, it emptied so quickly. Simply delicious – this is a great value compared to what $40+ buys you in Napa, and is nothing Old World fans should be ashamed to try and enjoy.

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