Vina Cobos 'Cobos Volturno' Cabernet Malbec 2009

  • One of the Icons of Argentina
  • Cobos Volturno is limited and sought after
  • 2009 is one of the best vintages
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  • Robert Parker's
    98 points

Editors notes

98pts Robert Parker, One of the more celebrated vineyards in Luyan de Cuyo is the iconic Marchiori Vineyard. Famed within the region for decades producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot which was released under the name Corte uNico. Paul Hobbs saw an opportunity to partner with the Marchiori Vineyard and now releases this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Hobbs now releases this wine under the name 'Volturno', in honour of Don Nico Marchiori (his middle name) and is only produced in the most exceptional of vintages.
Paul Hobbs has been twice named "Wine Personality of the Year" by Robert Parker
Hobbs was referred to by Forbes Magazine as "The Steve Jobs of Wine"


Critic Scores & reviews

  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    "Vina Cobos is a partnership between Paul Hobbs, Andrea Marchiori, and Luis Barraud. The new releases are further confirmation that Vina Cobos is one of Argentina’s great producers. It will be a memorable experience to compare it with the 2009 Cobos Volturno Marchiori Vineyard when it is fully formed. Loaded, long, powerful yet elegant, this velvety offering delivers everything one might want. This pleasure bent effort should see its 20th birthday in peak condition."

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The wine industry in Argentina has had one of the fastest growth rates in the wine world and now claims to be the fifth largest wine producer in the world. Much like certain aspects of Argentine cuisine, the wine industry too has its roots in Spain. Vine cuttings were brought to Santiago del Estero in the 1600s. Up until the 1980s, Argentina was known for producing more 'quantity' wine over 'quality' wine, but that has changed with winemakers across the board lifting their game. There is no doubt that Malbec is the grape on which Argentina's international reputation as a wine-producing nation is founded. Whilst it is a difficult grape to grow, the climate and conditions around Mendoza and in particular the Uco Valley is ideally suited to producing world-class wine. The most popular varieties planted out in Argentina would be Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Tempranillo.


Mendoza is by far the largest wine region in Argentina. Located on a high-altitude plateau at the edge of the Andes Mountains, the province is responsible for roughly 70 percent of the country's annual wine production. The French grape variety Malbec has its New World home in the vineyards of Mendoza, producing red wines of great concentration and intensity.

The province lies on the western edge of Argentina, across the Andes Mountains from Chile. While the province is large (it covers a similar area to the state of New York), its viticultural land is clustered mainly in the northern part, just south of Mendoza City. Here, the regions of Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and the Uco Valley are home to some of the biggest names in Argentinian wine.

This soil in this region is alluvial with rocky subsoil. It possesses sediments of sand, silt and clay. Its little organic matter restraints the grapevine’s growth and this results in excellent quality grapes suitable for winemaking. Malbec wines from this area hold outstanding features; red and violet tones with great intensity.

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