James and Paul Hobbs, the renowned California winemaker and founder of Viña Cobos in Mendoza, Argentina, compares Argentina's 2019 vintage with 2018 and 2020.
"There's been a lot of variability in some of these vintages, James," Paul says. "There's just been a shifting in the weather and so there's been more rainfall, which I think has been beneficial for Mendoza.
"'19 was a stunning growing season, fairly uniform but kind of a wet January, February that gave way to a beautiful fall – dry, cool ripening period," Paul adds. "So the wines that we see, particularly with '19, are coming out with incredible structure and really picking up through their root system ... each of the different types of terroirs that we work with. So the diversity we're seeing is pretty intense, and it's so beautifully rendered."