Vina Cobos (Paul Hobbs) Felino Chardonnay 2016 (Mendoza, Argentina) - [WA 90]

Vina Cobos
(Paul Hobbs) Felino Chardonnay 2016
(Mendoza, Argentina) - [WA 90]


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Notes from the Winemaker:
Pure pale gold with green hues in the glass. Fascinating notes of Bosc pear, white peaches, passion fruit and pineapple, beautifully accompanied by orange blossom, white flowers and subtle notes of bread crust. On the mouth, it shows a creamy texture, good volume and bright acidity. An elegant chardonnay with a great bouquet, balanced and persistent.

Vineyard:
Vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, Tupungato and San Carlos. Altitude between 3.254 and 3.303 feet. Semi-desert climate.

Growing Season:
It was heavily affected by rainfall, all along until harvest; this was due to the Niño phenomenon. The overall average
temperature was lower than the reported for previous seasons and this provoked an unprecedented thirty day lag in the
vines’ phenology. The average precipitation for both January and February were above the historic average. The harvest
season also was delayed three weeks and the grapes presented good concentration as well as a marked natural acidity.
Yield is of 3.56 to 4.46 tons per acre.

Fermentation & Bottling:
Primary fermentation with natural yeasts and native malolactic fermentation, 7 months to completion. Bottled in October 2016.

Technical Data:

varietal composition: 100% Chardonnay
Hand-harvested: February 22nd to March 28th, 2016
appellation: Luján de Cuyo, Tupungato and San Carlos

Ratings & Reviews


90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The just-bottled, screw-capped 2016 Felino Chardonnay was quite impressive. It's now produced exclusively with grapes grown in the Valle de Uco and was cropped from an unusual wet and cold growing season. It fermented with indigenous yeasts with full malolactic, with 15% of the volume put into neutral French oak barrels and bottled seven months after the harvest. It's very fresh and varietal, with a nose that mixes white flowers and fruit and a balsamic twist. The palate is fresh and sharp, elegant with very clean flavors, showcasing the minerality of the soils. Is this the finest Felino Chardonnay to date? 85,200 bottles were produced." - Luis Gutiérrez (30th Dec 2016)