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Sep 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

2006 Vina Cobos
LaGarto Merlot

Nothing makes me giddier than finding a wine that is such an enormous value that I’m looking over my shoulder for police to arrest me for theft. Vina Cobo’s LaGarto Merlot is one of those “hot” finds. Paul Hobbs produces this smart wine and is one of the most celebrated winemakers in California. Vina Cobo is Mr. Hobbs’ Argentinean venture with partners Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud. With the same love and dedication as Paul commits to his California wines, so is that love expressed in his Argentinean wines… at a fraction of the price. This little beauty is value priced but delivers on the expectation of Paul Hobbs as the producer.

The 2006 Vina Cobo’s LaGarto Merlot delivers like you wouldn’t believe. This surprisingly 100 percent merlot is dark ruby-purple colored and has big aromas of black cherry and spice. The full-bodied characteristic of this red wine is more similar to a Zinfandel or a Cabernet than the much-maligned Merlot. The unbelievable layering of blackberry, plum, black cherry, toast and clove flavors will astound you. You won’t believe it’s the Merlot that you remember. Ripe and supple with touches of white pepper will provide that “everlasting gobstopper” finish. One that Willy Wonka would be proud of! The Vina Cobo LaGarto Merlot will knock your socks off. Why do you think I’m bare footed?!

— Julie Moreland
Julie is the owner and Wine Psychic of WineStyles – Granite Bay.

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