Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

Uco Valley, Mendoza

Tasting Notes

Deep bright ruby color with perfumed aromas of cassis, black currants, and red currants along with hints of roasted coffee beans and tobacco and a touch of fresh mint and fresh herbs.

Beef, pork, lamb and cream-based sauces.

Destemmed, lightly crushed. Pumping over and delestage 3 times a day. Max. temp. 30°C. Extended maceration 20-30 days. Aged for 13 months in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% second-use French oak barrels.

Blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. Alcohol 14.3%; acidity 5.8 g/L.

Grapes grown at Finca Brío in Los Árboles, Uco Valley, at an elevation of 1,120 m.

Tasting Notes

Deep bright ruby color with perfumed aromas of cassis, black currants, and red currants along with hints of roasted coffee beans and tobacco and a touch of fresh mint and fresh herbs. The complex aromas are echoed on the palate with layers of fruit and spices coming on and on. Sweet on the entry with round tannins, this full bodied wine shows a lively and harmonious acidity that leads to a fresh and pure finish.

Beef, pork, lamb and cream-based sauces.

Destemmed, lightly crushed. Pumping over and delestage 3 times a day. Max. temp. 30°C. Extended maceration 20-30 days. Aged for 13 months in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% second-use French oak barrels.

Blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. Alcohol 14.4%; acidity 5.7 g/L.

Grapes selected from Finca Brío in Los Árboles, Uco Valley, grown at an elevation of 1,167 m.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby color with perfumed aromas of cassis, black currants, and red currants along with hints of roasted coffee beans and tobacco and a touch of fresh mint and fresh herbs. The complex aromas are echoed on the palate with layers of fruit and spices. Sweet on the entry with round tannins, this full-bodied wine shows a lively and harmonious acidity that leads to a fresh and pure finish.

Pairs well with a wide range of foods from beef and pork to lamb, quail and other game birds, and cream-based sauces.

Destemmed, lightly crushed. Pump-overs and delestage 3 times a day. Max. temp. 30°C. Extended maceration 20-30 days. Aged for 13 months in 80% new French oak barrels and 20% second-use French oak barrels.

Blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec. Alcohol 14.3%; acidity 5.5 g/L.

Grapes grown at an average elevation of 1,120 m, the Cabernet Sauvignon from Agrelo (Luján de Cuyo) and Altamira (San Carlos, and the Malbec from Gualtallary (Tupungato).

90+

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2013 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, February 2015

"Deep ruby-red. Plum, licorice, espresso and minerals on the nose, accented by violet, black pepper and a touch of herbs. Juicy, sweet and suave, offering noteworthy concentration to its dark berry and coffee bean flavors. Finishes with serious but harmonious tannins, a vibrant, palate-cleansing quality and lingering notes of minerals and mint. Has the balance and intensity to evolve gracefully in bottle."

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2013 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, August 2015

"The 2013 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Los Árboles in the district of Tunuyán in the Uco Valley. This is a cooler zone with some calcium carbonate in the soil where the grape ripens well that Balbo likes for Cabernet. The wine matured in 50% new French oak barriques (they have reduced the amount of new oak, which in the past reached 100%) with a medium toast in order to respect the fruit purity. This smells of ripe, very healthy grapes, cherries and fresh plums accented by hints of black pepper and a notable absence of green aromas. She dislikes the bell pepper aromas and prefers the fresher mint and actively searches for black pepper and avoids the overripe character. The palate is elegant, with some grip from the earthy tannins and has very good acidity and balance. A sleek, polished Cabernet with a little bit of a French accent. 60,000 bottles produced."

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2013 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
James Suckling, June 2015

"Gorgeous pure cabernet sauvignon aromas with currants, blackberry and stones. Full body, round tannins and savory, almost walnut undertones. A single vineyard wine from near Gualtallary. Excellent quality for the money. Drink or hold."

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2012 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, April 2014

"The 2012 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Vista Flores and Altamira in the Uco Valley blended with 5% Malbec from Altamira. 20% of the wine is barrel-fermented with punching down and has medium intensity, with subtle aromas, and is a little closed. It requires time in the glass and some swirling around to reveal notes of red and black fruits. It has a medium-bodied palate where the smoky flavors of the wood and the peppermint are well-blended and the fine-grained tannins are in good balance with the acidity. This is a balanced, ripe Cabernet. Drink now-2019."

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2012 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2014

"(includes 5% malbec; aged for 13 months in 80% French oak): Medium red-ruby. Aromas of currant, tobacco leaf, espresso and bitter chocolate. Juicy, spicy and penetrating, if a bit youthfully imploded today; not a fleshy or sweet style but boasts very good spine and thrust. Finishes classically dry, with lingering notes of cherry, raspberry and nutty oak. This may ultimately merit a higher score if time in bottle brings more pliancy."

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2012 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, August 2015

"Dark, smooth and lush with clean, bright and tangy style; juicy, snappy and pure with deep plum, blackberry and spice; long and dense."

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2012 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, June 2015

"Right on point, this is a textbook cabernet.  It grows at two vineyards, one in Agrelo, the other higher up in Altamira; the blend includes five percent malbec.  It’s a robust mouthful, with scents of cases and black pepper clearly delineated through a smooth and elegant finish.  This will benefit from several years in the cellar, or serve it now with grilled sausages."

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2012 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
Nathan Wesley, Wine Spectator, November 2013

"A flashy red, showing ripe cassis and racy cherry coulis notes, wound with a structured layer of spice, mocha and licorice. Drink now through 2017. 3,000 cases imported."

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2012 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
James Suckling, June 2014

"A cab with attractive blackberry, dark chocolate and walnuts. Full body, with soft tannins and a racy finish. Pretty texture and savoriness. Better in 2015."

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