Crios Torrontés

Uco Valley, Mendoza

Tasting Notes

Beautiful pale green-yellow. On the nose, it is floral, youthful and fresh. On the palate, it has a beautiful structure and a great minerality with tangy acidity and notes of fresh grapes.

Grilled and roasted meats, empanadas, chili.

Max. temp. 13°C. Selected yeast. Conservation over lees during 3 months in order to improve the structure of the wine.

100% Torrontés Alcohol 13.5%; acidity 6 g/L.

Grapes grown in Cafayate (Salta) and the Uco Valley (Mendoza) at an average elevation of 1,700 m.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful pale green-yellow. Delicate, scented aromas and flavors of white peach, ripe grapefruit and white flowers. On the palate, it has a beautiful structure, acidity and minerality. Plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavours.

Grilled and roasted meats, empanadas, chili.

Max. temp. 13°C. Selected yeast. Conservation over lees during 3 months in order to improve the structure of the wine.

100% Torrontés. Alcohol 13%; acidity 6.4 g/L.

Grapes grown in Cafayate (Salta) and the Uco Valley (Mendoza) at an average elevation of 1,700 m.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful pale green-yellow. Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of white pear, white flowers and ripe peach. On the palate, it has a beautiful structure, acidity and minerality along with enticing fruit flavours that keep you coming back for another sip. Plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavours. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry.

Smoked meats, strong cheeses and seafood.

Max. temp. 13°C. Selected yeast. Conservation over lees during 3 months in order to improve the structure of the wine.

100% Torrontés. Alcohol 13.5%; acidity 6.6 g/L.

Grapes sourced from Cafayate (Salta) and the Uco Valley (Mendoza) at an average elevation of 1,700 m.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful pale green-yellow. Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of white pear, white flowers and ripe peach. On the palate, it has a beautiful structure, acidity and minerality along with enticing fruit flavours that keep you coming back for another sip. Plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavours. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry.

Grilled and roasted meats, empanadas, chili.

Max. temp. 13°C. Selected yeast. Conservation over lees during 3 months in order to improve the structure of the wine.

100% Torrontés. Alcohol 14.5%; acidity 6.6 g/L.

Grapes grown in Cafayate (Salta) and the Uco Valley (Mendoza) at an average elevation of 1,700 m.

Tasting Notes

Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of white pear, white flowers and citrus fruit. On the palate, it has a beautiful structure and acidity along with enticing fruit flavors that keep you coming back for another sip. Plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry.

Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses and seafood. It’s also a delicious wine to pair with Asian food and sushis and a surprising partner with goat cheese.

Max. temp. 14°C. Selected yeast. Conservation over lees during 3 months in order to improve the structure of the wine.

100% Torrontés. Alcohol 13.9%; acidity 6.0 g/L.

Grapes grown in Calchaquies Valley (Salta) at 1,700 m (5,577 ft.) and in Altamira (Uco Valley) at 1,100 m (3,609 ft.).

  • 88

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    Crios Torrontés
    Donald Winkler, International Wine Review, October 2017

    "Highly perfumed showing rose water and fresh Muscat. It’s light on the palate with perfumed, white peach fruit and firm acidity. It’s a clean, easy drinking wine. The fruit comes from high vineyards in La Rioja, Tucumán, and Mendoza with an average age of 32 years."

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    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, September 2017

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    Crios Torrontés
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, August 2018

    "Very pale color. Musky scents of lemon, fresh apricot, flowers and lichee. Salty, sappy and very dry, with a sexy musky quality that calls to mind both Condrieu and Chablis. More classic than the 2016 version, this wine should make a terrific aperitif but could also pair well with grilled fish or sushi. Susana Balbo told me that Torrontés from Cafayate is frequently too turpenic, so she has planted more Torrontés in Altamira, next to her Signature Malbec. She noted that the 2015 and 2016 versions of this bottling were more Sauvignon Blanc-like and that she picked especially early in 2017. A superb value at $15."

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    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

    "The 2017 Críos Torrontés is grapey, spicy and floral, which is a combination of Cafayate with Mendoza. It has notions of talcum powder and some citrus and mineral notes with less tropical notes. The style is fresh with good acidity. Sixty percent of the grapes are now from Altamira, a profile that has been growing and might grow even more in the future. Nice balance in the palate. 324,000 bottles produced."

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, March 2018

    "Quite a citric torrontes that has some passion fruit and lychee notes, too. There's a great interplay of fruit, yeasty character (this gives just a hint of creaminess) and crisp acidity. Quite a long, mineral finish. 50% Uco Valley and 50% Cafayate. Drink now. Screw cap."

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    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, October 2016

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    2016 Crios Torrontés
    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

    "The 2016 Críos Torrontés is a 50/50 blend of juice from Cafayate in Salta and Altamira in Valle de Uco fermented in their respective regions and then assembled in her winery in Mendoza. It's the prototype of fresh Torrontés with tension and good acidity, without overwhelming aromas, designed for the dinner table. 2016 was an interesting harvest in Cafayate, as the frost reduced yields by 50%, and in Altamira they also got lower than normal yields. The wine has great freshness and a subtle nose. Crisp and aromatic without overwhelming your senses and with good weight of fruit. This time lower yields have resulted in higher quality. 324,000 bottles produced."

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2017

    "Lots of dried lemon and green apple character. Medium body, lime and grapefruit. Crisp. A blend of grapes from Mendoza and Cafayate. Screw cap."

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    2015 Crios Torrontés
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

    "(60% from Cafayate and 40% from Mendoza; 20% fermented in concrete eggs for texture, according to Susana Balbo): Delicate, scented aromas and flavors of white peach, ripe grapefruit, white flowers, mint and honeysuckle accented by tangy white pepper and brown spices. Bracing and intense; very clean despite the El Niño rains in 2015. Quite dry (actually, two grams per liter r.s.) and perhaps a bit lacking in texture but long on flavor and very refreshing. Seems drier than the 2014 version and more serious."

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    2015 Crios Torrontés
    James Suckling, May 2016

    "A bright and fun wine with sliced lemon and orange blossom. Medium to full body, crisp finish. A blend of of fruit from Altamira and Cafayate. Screw cap."

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    James Suckling, May 2016

    "A bright and fun wine with sliced lemon and orange blossom. Medium to full body, crisp finish. A blend of of fruit from Altamira and Cafayate. Screw cap."

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    2014 Crios Torrontés
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, February 2015

    "Pale green-yellow. Enticing aromas of citrus fruits, pineapple, flowers and mint. Supple and layered in the mouth, but given shape and grip by excellent floral thrust. Consistent from start to finish owing to its felicitous balance of acidity and sweetness (3 g/l r.s.). Susana Balbo's Crios line-up of wines is meant to deliver pure fruit at a reasonable price, and this year's releases may be better than ever as the percentage of new oak is the lowest to date."

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    2014 Crios Torrontés
    James Suckling, June 2015

    "A balanced and fruity white with sliced apple, pear and salty character. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a clean finish. You are going to like it. Drink now. Screw cap. 50% from Cafayate and 50% from Altamira in Valle de Uco."

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    2014 Crios Torrontés
    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, August 2015

    "The 2014 Crios Torrontés comes from Cafayate in Salta and Altamira in Uco Valley, Mendoza, approximately 50/50. She planted in Altamira with vegetal material from Salta. The wine from Cafayate is fermented there and the wine transferred to Mendoza at the end of the fermentation in a cold truck with the fermenting wine protected by dry ice. The style Susana searches for is one with freshness, tension and acidity, representing the variety without overwhelming the senses, so the wine is easier to pair with food. There is a citric note that is provided by the Mendoza part that is less warm than Salta and from a chalky terroir that is harvested earlier. The wine is cold fermented, with a very clean must to avoid bitterness and also looking for bunches in the shadow, in Salta through the parral pruning and in Mendoza both parral and trellises. The nose is subtle, closer to a spicy Gewürztraminer than a Moscatel, with more flowers and elegance and absent the terpene aromas that come with very ripe Torrontés or if you use the gross lees. Only the fine lees are used here. All these details really make a difference. We talked about the possible food pairings of this aromatic white. Curiously enough the main customer in the US is a restaurant chain with some Japanese (sushi) and fusion cuisine. This is also ideal for Thai food with its white pepper aromas, the vibrant acidity, and pungent flavors. Textbook Torrontés at unbeatable prices; the label says it all, dry, crisp and aromatic. They are one of the main producers and exporters of Torrontés, the production for this wine is around 420,000 bottles."

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    Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2015

    "Brilliant ruby-red. Sexy, perfumed aromas of ripe red berries and floral oils, with hints of orange pith, white pepper and smoky minerals adding lift. Silky and open-knit, offering gently sweet raspberry and candied lavender flavors and a deeper suggestion of cherry pit. Finishes spicy and long, with lingering red fruit and floral notes and smooth, well-integrated tannins."

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    2013 Crios Torrontés
    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, April 2014

    "The 2013 Crios Torrontes comes from Cafayate in Salta and Altamira in Uco Valley, Mendoza, approximately 50/50. It is quite aromatic and showy, with notes of flowers, lime, spice (white pepper) and talcum powder, a crisp and light palate, as well as lively citric acidity and hints of pears and rose petals that remind me of a Gewurztraminer. A benchmark un-oaked Torrontes. Drink now-2016."

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    2013 Crios Torrontés
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2014

    "Pale green-tinged yellow. Peach and soft citrus aromas are accented by a touch of spice. Rich, chewy, complex and dry, showing an almost oily texture to the flavors of yellow peach, pineapple, pear and anise lifted by flowers. Offers a terrific combination of chewy texture and inner-mouth energy. Finishes sappy, saline and long, with excellent grip. This has the umami texture to complement sushi and sashimi. This bottling is consistently excellent--and a top value."

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