Susana Balbo Brioso

Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza

Tasting Notes

Deep, bright ruby red color. It shows sweet red and black fruits, subtle oak and a great backbone of tannins. The red and black fruit aromas followed by an elegant grip over florality comes from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The other grapes blend in to add flavor and complexity. It has a fine, lifted finish with great ageing potential.

Beef, pork, lamb, squab, quail and duck.

Hand picked, destemmed, lightly crushed and selected yeast. Pumping over and delestage three times a day. Max. temp. 31°C. Extended maceration 35 days. Aged for 15 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

Blend is 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 22% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Alcohol 14.5%; acidity 6 g/L.

Grapes selected from Finca Dominio in Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, grown at an elevation of 990 m.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red color with alluring aromas of black cherry, cassis, black plum and spices. Smooth but energetic palate which concentrates black currant flavors and vibrant tannins, leading to a long and firm finish. Very elegant.

Beef, pork, lamb, squab, quail and duck.

Hand picked, destemmed, lightly crushed and selected yeast. Pumping over and delestage three times a day. Max. temp. 31°C. Extended maceration 35 days. Aged for 15 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

Blend is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 16% Malbec and 7% Petit Verdot. Alcohol 14%; acidity 5.8 g/L.

Grapes selected from Finca Dominio in Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, grown at an elevation of 990 m.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red color with alluring aromas of black cherry, cassis, black plum and spices. Smooth but energetic palate which concentrates black currant flavors and vibrant tannins, leading to a long and firm finish. Very elegant.

Red meat, pork, lamb, quail and duck. Funghi risotto and pasta with peppery sauce.

Hand picked, destemmed, lightly crushed and selected yeast. Pumping over and delestage three times a day. Max. temp. 31°C. Extended maceration 35-40 days. Aged for 15 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

Blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Alcohol 14.5%; acidity 6.2 g/L.

Grapes selected from Finca Dominio in Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, grown at an elevation of 990 m.

Tasting Notes

A deep, velvety yet firm color. Aromas of blueberry, sweet spices, smoke, dark chocolate and espresso coffee. The palate shows lightly chewy tannins and classical proportions. It has a fine, flavorful finish with great aging potential.

Red meat, pork, lamb, quail and duck. Funghi risotto and pasta with peppery sauce.

Hand picked, destemmed, lightly crushed and selected yeast. Pumping over and delestage three times a day. Max. temp. 31°C. Extended maceration 35-40 days. Aged for 15 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

Blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Alcohol 14.5%; acidity 6.2 g/L.

Grapes selected from Finca Dominio in Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, grown at an elevation of 990 m.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red color with alluring aromas of black cherry, cassis, black plum and spices. Smooth but energetic palate which concentrates black currant flavors and vibrant tannins, leading to a long and firm finish. Very elegant.

Red meat, pork, lamb, quail and duck. Funghi risotto and pasta with peppery sauce.

Hand picked, destemmed, lightly crushed and selected yeast. Pumping over and delestage three times a day. Max. temp. 31°C. Extended maceration 35-40 days. Aged for 15 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

Blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Alcohol 14.5%; acidity 6.2 g/L.

Grapes selected from Finca Dominio in Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, grown at an elevation of 990 m.

  • 92

    Points

    Wine Spectator, December 2019

    "A robust red, with richly spiced flavors of dark plum, blackberry and boysenberry, lathered with notes of chocolate mousse. The suave finish lingers with licorice and pepper hints. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024. 1,000 cases made, 160 cases imported."

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  • 93

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    Vinous, September 2019

    "Bright ruby-red. Very pure aromas of blackcurrant, licorice, flowers, herbs and menthol; showing its oak and its Cabernet Sauvignon side today. Intense dark berry, licorice, dark chocolate and dried fig flavors show an element of medicinal minty reserve, with a touch of Cabernet Franc greenness contributing lift. Finishes with smooth, horizontal but firm tannins and terrific grip. Displaying no easy sweetness today, this very promising blend has the structure to evolve gracefully. (aged for 14 months in new barriques)"

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  • 94

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    Somm Journal, October 2020

    "This single vineyard blend of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 22% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot spent 15 months in 100% new French oak. With a heady nose of grilled meat, cassis and beet root, the juicy plushness on the palate is mesmerizing. Generous boysenberry, black cherry is guided by creamy milk chocolate. Tannins are upright and teeth coating, with blue floral notes. Distinguished!"

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  • 95

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    James Suckling, March 2019

    "Extremely transparent and bright with complex aromas of dark berries, cedar and flowers that follow through to a full yet tight and composed palate with complex flavors and a long and clear finish. Hints of fresh herbs at the end. Blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, cabernet franc and a dash of petit verdot. Some whole cluster fermentation. Drink now."

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  • 91

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    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, August 2018

    "Bright dark ruby. Inviting scents of blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate. At once creamy, juicy and precise, conveying lovely floral lift and precision to its dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. This rather delicate wine boasts excellent lift in the mouth. Finishes with nicely buffered, ripe tannins and slowly rising length. Should make a very elegant dinner-table wine. Balbo shortened this wine's time in 100% new oak from 15 to 12 months in 2016. (Incidentally, she sold much of her 2015 Brioso red to Chile's national airline, LAN.)"

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    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

    "More austere in the palate but nicely aromatic, the 2016 Brioso shows quite open, with a mixture of violets and sweet spices. The blend this year is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 24% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, and as always, it matured in brand new French oak barrels for 15 months. 20,000 bottles produced."

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    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, October 2018

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  • 95

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, March 2018

    "Brambleberries, blackcurrants, boysenberries, oyster shell, creme de cassis and herbal liqueur but also freshly-cut rosemary, thyme and pepper. Very linear and vibrant on the palate with tightly-wound tannins and very fresh acidity that remains in balance all the way to the long finish. The freshness is really what leaves the final impression. Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. Try after 2021."

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  • 90

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    Donald Winkler, International Wine Review, October 2017

    "Medium dark red. This blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot offers a lot of drinking pleasure in an inexpensive package. The nose recalls red plum and black raspberry with light herbal notes. There’s good density on the palate with a continuation of bright fruit with an earthy edge and some bright uplifting red fruit notes."

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  • 91

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    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

    "As with other wines, I tasted both the 2015 and 2016 vintages of the Brioso blend, and the 2015 Brioso showed the slightly riper and more generous character of the year. This wine is always produced with the grapes planted around the vineyard, but the blend varies slightly with the year. In 2015, it is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. The palate is round and polished, with moderate acidity. 18,000 bottles were filled in September 2016."

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  • 91

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    Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, October 2018

    "A fresh-tasting red, with concentrated flavors of cherry, raspberry and damson plum that feature some tobacco leaf notes. The vibrant finish offers engaging minerality, green olive accents and firm tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. 40 cases imported. "

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  • 92

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2018

    "Aromas of blueberry, hot stone and berry follow through to a medium body, lightly chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. A little lean in the center palate. Drink or hold."

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    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, September 2017

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    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2017

    "Bright red-ruby. Very ripe, inviting aromas of kirsch, blackberry, licorice, violet, mint and nutty new oak. A fairly concentrated, sweet midweight with a slightly reductive quality to its black cherry, berry and licorice flavors. Offers lovely verve and balance without any excesses, with sound acidity giving shape to the wine. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins and a hint of youthful dryness. This is excellent."

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  • 92

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    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

    "Susana Balbo's 2014 Brioso also belongs to the Signature range, and it's a selection of the best plots from their vineyard in Agrelo, the coolest part of Luján de Cuyo. The blend varies with the year, and in 2014 it was 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% each Malbec and Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The Malbec fermented in a 6,500-liter tank and the rest in open top barrels, all with indigenous yeasts. This is still aged in 100% new French oak barrels for some 15 months. It has a 1990s profile, with plenty of oak-related aromas, sweet spices, smoke, dark chocolate and espresso coffee. There is a little less toast in the barrels used in this 2014. The palate shows abundant, slightly dusty tannins and classical proportions, elegant within the powerful style. They are progressively reducing the influence of the barrels in the wine, but this is still for fans of oaky wines. The notes from the élevage should integrate with more time in bottle. 14,000 bottles produced."

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  • 93

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    Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, December 2017

    "A well-sculpted and lusciously fruity red, with a complex mix of raspberry, currant and plum flavors that are matched to fresh acidity. Minerally midpalate with a long finish that echoes notes of slate, dried herb and pepper. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. 834 cases made."

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    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, January 2017

    "The chosen from Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo"

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, May 2016

    "A powerful and structured red with balance and harmony. Full body, fine and silky tannins and a chocolate, tile and currant undertone. 45% cabernet sauvignon, 25% malbec, 25% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot."

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  • 89

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    2013 Susana Balbo Brioso
    Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, 2015

    "A crunchy red, with well-defined flavors of red plum, currant and dried meat. Notes of anise on the muscularly tannic finish, with plenty of slate accents. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2018. 880 cases imported"

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  • 92

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    2013 Susana Balbo Brioso
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

    "(from estate vines on clay soil adjacent to the winery; aged in 100% new oak): Bright red-ruby. Black cherry, dark berry, tobacco and spice aromas are lifted by an alluring floral topnote. Sappy, concentrated and energetic, offering terrific inner-mouth aromatic lift to its smooth currant and tobacco flavors, with the sexy French oak element in harmony with the wine's fruit. This very smooth wine shows greater sweetness than the Signature Cabernet. Finishes firm and long, with high-quality tannins and terrific lingering fruit. This high-density vineyard features 8,000 vines per hectare; Susana Balbo noted that production is around one kilo of grapes per vine from just two or three bunches. The pH here is a moderate 3.55, and one can see this in the tension of the tannins."

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    Meredith May, The Tasting Panel, February 2022

    "PUBLISHER'S PICKS SECTION. Intense pomegranate and cherry pipe tobacco is compelling on nose and palate. Easy drinking with smooth tannins. Tart strawberry and red plum lend more fruit-filled notes followed by heather and white pepper."

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2015 Susana Balbo Brioso – 95 points, James Suckling – Shelftalker

2014 Susana Balbo Brioso – 95 points, James Suckling – Shelftalker

2014 Susana Balbo Brioso Label

2014 Susana Balbo Brioso Tasting Notes

2017 Susana Balbo Signature Brioso Label

2017 Susana Balbo Signature Brioso Tasting Note

2016 Susana Balbo Signature Brioso Wine Advocate 7-18 Sale Sheet

2016 Susana Balbo Signature Brioso Wine Advocate 7-18 Shelftalker

2016 Susana Balbo Signature Brioso Tasting Note

2015 Susana Balbo Signature Brioso Tasting Note

2015 Susana Balbo Signature Brioso Label

2016 Susana Balbo Signature Brioso Label

2015 Susana Balbo Signature Brioso Wine Advocate 7-18 Shelftalker

2018 Susana Balbo Signature Wine Advocate reviews 7-18 Sales Sheet

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2013 Susana Balbo Brioso Label

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2013 Susana Balbo Brioso Tasting Notes

2012 Susana Balbo Brioso Sales Sheet

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2012 Susana Balbo Brioso Label

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2011 Susana Balbo Brioso Label Sales Sheet

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