About This Wine
In a country dominated by male winemakers, Susana Balbo stands out.
And not just for her gender, but for her incredible skill and experience. Balbo has been making wine since she earned her enology degree in 1981, and has probably produced a wider variety of wines than any other vintner in Argentina.
Wines under Balbo’s Crios label display ripe fruit flavors, excellent balance and concentration, and are meant to be enjoyed in their youth. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image representing Balbo and her children, José and Ana. In 2010, Susana passed the winemaking reins for Crios to José, a graduate of U.C. Davis, who brings his own unique, modern style to the wines.
The 2012 Crios Malbec puts the emphasis on fruit flavors, with the French and American oak barrels providing toast and spice accents. José obviously learned his lessons well — at school, and from his talented mother.
A midseason ripener, it can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends.
- Grape Composition:95% Malbec and 5% Bonarda
- Grape Source:Mendoza Growing Region of Argentina
- Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Wild Berry, Toast, Fig, Plum and Spice
- Aging Vessels:French and American Oak Barrels for 9 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestiontri-tip steak, or game dishes.
Bright purple. Intensely perfumed scents of black and blue fruits, olive and violet, with sexy Indian spice nuances and a touch of woodsmoke. Broad, sappy, alluringly sweet cassis, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors show superb clarity and power, with cracked pepper and black cardamon notes on the back half. Finishes sappy and long, with resonating spiciness, florality and outstanding persistence. This wine was fermented with 100% whole clusters and was one of the most intriguing bottles that I tasted from the region this year.
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