This week we are taking a bit of a turn in the opposite direction, going from the old world to the new world. You may or may not have noticed that over the past month or so I have been drinking a whole lot of Italian wine. Perhaps you even thought that I forgot that wine from other countries exists. If that is the impression you were under, I am pleased to tell you that you’re misinformed, which is why we are taking a little trip to Argentina this week. Also, even though it is technically spring, the weather in Detroit has not been cooperating, so I could use a trip someplace warm. A metaphorical trip, that is. So, here we have the Felino Vina Cobos Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013.
When one thinks of Argentinian wine Malbec is often the first thing that springs to mind, but the Cabernet Sauvignon that comes out of Argentina should not be ignored. As we all know, climate has a huge effect on the outcome of the wine, and the warm climate of Argentina produces a spicy and juicy Cabernet, that its Chilean counterpart lacks (due to the cooler winds from the Pacific). Argentina has more recently become a more popular producer of Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly the Mendoza region, which grows over 31,000 acres of the grape.
This particular bottle, the Felino Vina Cobos Cabernet Sauvignon, is a very nice, affordable example of what a good Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignon is like. It is a rich ruby red color, with a berry and plum nose and a hint of graphite. It has a prominent ripe juicy flavor, with notes of spice and a slightly chocolaty finish. The tannins are soft and well blended, though sometimes I wish they had a little more grip. Overall this full bodied Cabernet is easy to drink and pairs nicely with some nice grilled lamb. I give it a solid 8.9, for the price (around $15) it is well worth it!
If you have any suggestions or recommendations for a future Bottle of The Week, I’d love to hear from you!