Crios Malbec

Uco Valley, Mendoza

Tasting Notes

Beautiful reddish-purple color. Aromas of crushed blueberries, cherries and blackberries. In the mouth, sweet red fruit flavors are in perfect balance with a subtle oakiness and a core of perfectly ripe berries. The palate is fresh and balanced.

Tuna steak, lamb, hamburgers.

Max. temp. 28º-30ºC. 25 days maceration. Aged for 9 months in 100% French oak.

100% Malbec. Alcohol 14.0%; acidity 5.10 g/L.

Grapes grown in the Uco Valley, at an average elevation of 1,140 m.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful reddish-purple color. Aromas and flavors of crushed blueberries, cherries and blackberries with accents of dark spice. Medium body with very subtle and chalky texture.

Tuna steak, lamb, hamburgers.

Max. temp. 28º-30ºC. 25 days maceration. Aged for 9 months in 100% French oak.

100% Malbec. Alcohol 13.0%; acidity 5.32 g/L.

Grapes grown in Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, at an average elevation of 1,140 m.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful reddish-purple color. Aromas and flavors of crushed blueberries, cherries and blackberries with accents of dark spice. Medium body with very subtle and chalky texture.

Tuna steak, lamb, hamburgers.

Max. temp. 28ºC. 25 days maceration. Aged for 9 months in 100% French oak.

Blend is 95% Malbec, 5% Bonarda. Alcohol 14.2%; acidity 5.1 g/L.

Grapes grown in the Uco Valley at an average elevation of 1,140 m.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful reddish-purple color. Aromas of black cherries, oak spice and violets. On the palate, the flavors of cherries and spice are obvious, and the jammy fruit quality just keeps coming on.

This wine can be consumed at almost any occasion, by itself or with a large range of food, including tuna steak, lamb, and hamburgers.

Max. temp. 28°–31°C, with a 15-20 day maceration. Aged for 9 months in 70% French oak, 30% American oak.

Blend is 95% Malbec, 5% Bonarda. Alcohol 14.5%; acidity 5.3 g/L.

Grapes grown in the Uco Valley, at an average elevation of 1,140 m (3,740 ft.).

Tasting Notes

Beautiful reddish-purple color. The aromas are a mix of freshly crushed black cherries and subtle coffee and vanilla notes, just enough to frame the exuberant fruit. On the palate, the flavors of cherries and spice are obvious, and the jammy fruit quality just keeps coming on, with hints of spice and sandalwood lurking in the background.

This wine can be consumed at almost any occasion, by itself or with a large range of food, including roasted beef and barbecues.

Max. temp. 28°–31°C, with a 15-20 day maceration. Aged for 9 months in 70% French oak, 30% American oak.

Blend is 95% Malbec, 5% Bonarda. Alcohol 13.9%; acidity 5.2 g/L.

Grapes grown in Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, at an average elevation of 1,140 m (3,740 ft.).

  • 88

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    Crios Malbec
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, August 2018

    "Healthy dark red-ruby. Expressive aromas of raspberry, mocha and spices show noteworthy nuance for the price range. Juicy, spicy, very supple wine with good vinosity to its red fruit flavors. Savory, pleasant and quite suave."

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    Crios Malbec
    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, October 2018

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, March 2018

    "Violets, morello cherries, dried lavender, citrus and some herbs. Fresh and fruity on the palate with pretty acidity, juicy tannins and a succulent finish. Drink now."

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    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

    "The 2017 Críos Malbec saw a change in the range, where the oak staves have been discontinued and only 30% percentage of the wine aged in well-seasoned neutral oak barrels. This is perfumed and juicy, with nice ripeness and a tasty palate. It is very accessible and comes from a typical vintage in which the wine managed to maintain moderate alcohol. 350,000 bottles produced. 2017 was a low-yielding year, the second shortest in the last few years."

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    Crios Malbec
    James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2017

    "Always a solid malbec with dried fruit, figs and mushroom character. Medium body, soft and easy tannins and a savory finish. Screw cap. Drink now."

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  • 89

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    2015 Crios Malbec
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

    "(the percentage of new oak for this wine is now down to 25%): Bright, dark red. Redcurrant, black cherry, ripe strawberry and spices on the nose. Inviting sweet red fruit flavors are complicated by earth, licorice and menthol and a subtle oakiness. Delivers a very attractive combination of sweet and savory for a wine in its price range. Creamy fruit is firmed by smooth tannins. Clearly sweeter than the 2014 version and a terrific value."

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    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, January 2017

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    Donald Winkler, International Wine Review, October 2017

    "Classic Mendoza Malbec showing a fresh bouquet of blackberry, graphite and a touch of cacao. The mouth feel is Malbec-soft but there’s bright acidity, firm tannins, lots of spicy flavor and a good finish."

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    2015 Crios Malbec
    James Suckling, May 2016

    "A juicy and fruity red with plum, berry and savory character. Medium body, fresh finish. Well done for a 2015. Drink now."

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    2015 Crios Malbec
    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

    "The grapes for the 2015 Críos Malbec are sourced exclusively in the Valle de Uco, from Los Chacayes, Vista Flores, Los Árboles and Gualtallary Sur to be precise. This cold and wet vintage helped achieve the drinkability and freshness they aim for in this wine. It fermented in stainless steel and part of the wine matured in well-seasoned, neutral French oak barrels for nine months. There are some toasty notes and a core of perfectly ripe berries. The palate is fresh and balanced, quite tasty. A Críos with less makeup. 380,000 bottles produced."

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    2014 Crios Malbec
    James Suckling, June 2015

    "A bright and fruity red with light tannins. Medium to full body. Fruit and tar too. Fresh finish. Screw cap."

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    2014 Crios Malbec
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, February 2015

    "Dark ruby-red. Black cherry and licorice aromas are complemented by smoky oak. Juicy, tight and well-delineated, showing little easy sweetness to the dark berry flavors. Has the fruit intensity to stand up to its firm tannins. Today the tannins and structure of the Crios wines come from the grapes, not the oak treatment, noted winemaker/owner Susana Balbo."

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  • 89

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    2014 Crios Malbec
    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, August 2015

    "The 2014 Crios Malbec is now sourced exclusively from different zones in the Uco Valley and in the future the label will mention it. They define this wine as lush with hints of spices. It has a floral-driven nose, with, yes, hints of spices, but no traces of oak, only a lactic twist, perhaps from the malolactic fermentation; part of the blend is never in contact with oak and is produced exclusively in stainless steel. Juicy, with those telltale Malbec round tannins, this can be drunk so easily it can be dangerous! The back labels of the Crios range give some hints of what food to pair with the wine, and here they mention tuna steak, lamb and hamburgers... umm! A champion in its price range. 480,000 bottles produced."

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    2013 Crios Malbec
    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, Apri 2014

    "The 2013 Crios Malbec is aromatic and fresh, with notes of violets, ripe plums and a touch of brown sugar, quite showy, with the profile of a cool vintage, the sweet tannins of the Malbec, some sweet spicy flavors and good length. This is very good value. Drink now-2016."

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    Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, 2018 March

    "Red-skinned berry, dark spice and balsamic aromas are front and center on this structured red. The firm, savory palate offers dried black cherry, licorice and grilled herb alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2024."

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  • 93

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    Crios Malbec
    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, 2018 December

    "This red combines a ray of pure cherry with coffee, spice, wild herb and tobacco flavors in a seamless way, while sanguine and iron elements chime in on the finish. Balanced and elegant, with a lingering, complex aftertaste. Drink now through 2035. 1,500 cases imported. -BS"

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