2017 Viña Cobos "Felino" Chardonnay Mendoza

SKU #1400093 92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of cooked apple, mango and hints of pear with some toasted oak. Pie crust, too. Full body, tight and linear with bright acidity and a juicy and tangy finish. Creamy texture.  (4/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Felino Chardonnay was only partially oaked (less than in the past), and it's also 100% without malolactic this year but was kept with the lees to have more volume on the palate. The palate has very good freshness, and new winemaker Andrés Vignoni told me he likes wines with acidity. This represents a big change. This is clean, serious and sharp, with good freshness and minerality and with very little influence from the oak. (LG)  (6/2018)

Vinous

 Bright light yellow. Lively aromas of yellow peach and flowers with a touch of leesy complexity (winemaker Andrés Vignoni did not add sulfides until May, stirring the lees every 10 to 15 days "to gain creaminess while keeping acidity," and bottling the wine in December). Good peach intensity complicated by salty minerality and firmed by calcaire. Nothing sweet or sloppy about this excellent entry-level Chardonnay. Finishes firm and persistent, with lingering minerality. (ST)  (7/2018)

Wine Enthusiast

 Flowery peach, dust and oak aromas lead to a full round palate. Salty apple and woody flavors are plump and common to New World Chardonnay. Wood resin and spice flavors combine with leftover apple notes on the finish of this popular-style wine. (MS)  (9/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Plush and richly spiced, with ripe pear and baked apple flavors that feature a creamy texture. Tropical accents show on the finish. (KM)  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

A rich, ripe, fairly classic Chardonnay with old school California leanings except...this one is from Argentina! The California connection here is that noted consultant and winery owner Paul Hobbs owns Viña Cobos, and is making wines that have his stylistic stamp, but perhaps just slightly dialed back from the usual ripeness and fruitiness. Here we have an appley Chardonnay, with hints of toast (5% of the wine is aged in French oak, a small portion of which is new) and a genuinely crowd pleasing style. Very well made.


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 14