Vina Cobos Cocodrilo 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
In the glass it has a deep color of almost black purple. The nose is huge and pleasing with a hint of blackberry. Some alcohol is apparent. A burst of fruit at the start is followed by a round and concentrated berry flavor through the midpalate. This wine is ripe (but not over-ripe) with a finish just dry enough to keep the fruit in check. The wine is soft enough that it does not overpower the short ribs and the fat in the dish enhances the wine’s supple quality. A fine acidic flourish acts in lieu of dryness to cut the fattiness of the dish.
Typically Cabernet Sauvignon would not be my first choice to serve with short ribs but this wine does not seem typical. I have had other Argentine Cabernets and they seem to drink differently than their North American counterparts: dark, earthy, and slightly smoky. Is this the terroir? The cabs we are accustomed to from California seem to possess more red fruit and therefore don’t seem to go as well with barbecue or the sweetness of short ribs. You should seek out this wine to explore Argentinian Cabernet and all that it can offer for under $20.
P.S. This is one of my favorite wine label designs.