A married couple, Andrea Marchiori & Luis Barraud, the winemakers behind Paul Hobbs’s much celebrated Viña Cobos, are now producing wine under their own label. They are using only a few barrels per year in total to create their wines. The duo personally selects grapes from some of the best rows of vines from Andrea’s family’s own vineyard, the Marchiori Vineyard, known in Argentina as one of the rigorously farmed and highest quality vineyards today. Planted with 50-year old vines, the Marchiori vineyard is situated 3,200 feet above sea level in the best part of Agrelo. Due to the age and sandy loam soil profile of this vineyard, the hand-harvested fruit is very low yield and concentrated in flavor. Both wines are aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels, but this is the only intervention the couple believes in, preferring instead to let the fruit and the high quality oak work their own magic. With only around 200 cases of each produced, what little is available in the US is well worth seeking out. While Marchiori and Barraud continue to be the driving force behind Viña Cobos, their own wines leave no doubt about their talent for crafting some of the highest quality wines in Argentina.

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