2013 Vina Cobos Chardonnay El Felino Mendoza
Producer: Vina Cobos
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
87 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2014
Bright, light medium yellow. Yellow fruits and spicy vanillin oak on the nose. Round and pliant, with an obvious oakiness to the yellow fruit and licorice flavors. Finishes a bit dry, with modest complexity and a hint of alcoholic harshness.
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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