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Two Wines From Finca os Cobatos and Finca Sandoval


These wines are relatively new arrivals at MacArthur’s.  The Finca os Cobatos is priced at $11 and the Finca Sandoval at $15. I would buy both of these wines.  The Finca os Cobatos is great value to drink in the near term while the Finca Sandoval ages in your cellar!  I would double-decant the Finca os Cobatos or give it half an hour of air.  I would age the Finca Sandoval for a couple of years.

2010 Finca os Cobatos, Mencia, Monterrei
This wine is 100% Mencia sourced from vines planted in the early 1980s.  The Mencia vineyards are located at 400-500 meters.  The soils are composed of sedimentary soils mixed with clay, quartz, and sand.  The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks.  The youthful medium intensity color makes way for a nice nose of grapey, purple berries with grip.  In the mouth the fruit has an enjoyable texture.  This juicy wine has lively acidity and the aftertaste leaves perfumed fruit essence on the teeth.  Balanced and pleasing on all fronts, this is a great daily drinker. *** Now-2015.

2008 Finca Sandoval, Salia, Manchuela
This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah, 38% Garnache Tintorera, and 12% Garnache Tinta.  The grapes were sourced from three vineyards located at altitudes between 770 and 1050 meters.  The Casilla del Trueno vineyard is 65 years old, the Landete vineyard is 32 years old, and the Hacillas del Rapaz vineyard is 9 years old. that was aged for 11 months in 85% French and 15% American used oak.  In the glass the wine is a very dark, purple color.  Drunk over two nights, the subtle, gently sweet blue/black fruit is a pleasure to smell.  In the mouth there are stone-framed grapey flavors, a smooth texture, with hints of heat in the finish, and wood tannins in the aftertaste.  This is a tasty, contemporary wine that is structured for development over the short-term. **(*) Now-2017.

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