Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

Uco Valley, Mendoza

Tasting Notes

Deep, ruby red color with perfumed aromas of cassis, blackcurrants, redcurrants along with hints of roasted coffee. On the palate is ultra-sleek, with very fine tannins. Mint, dried herb and cassis flavors, with tangy acidity and well handled oak, nicely folded into the wine. A sublte minerality provides freshness and good length.

Beef, pork, lamb, quail and other game birds. Also pairs well with 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 70% new French oak barrels and 30% second-use French oak barrels.

Blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. Alcohol 14.5%; acidity 5.4 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.

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).

  • 89

    points

    Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2017

    "Good bright red. Slightly herbal aromas of cherry, redcurrant, licorice and tobacco leaf, plus a whiff of rose petal. Suave, fine-grained wine with moderate depth but a lovely restrained sweetness and firm acidity; as much red fruits as black. Finishes with broad, ripe tannins that dust the palate and teeth. Doesn't show quite the palate presence or length for 90 points but nicely structured for drinking over the next several years."

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  • 92

    points

    Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

    "The 2015 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, produced from Los Árboles in the district of Tunuyán in the Uco Valley, is sourced from a cool year, and has an austere, strict profile. The oak in unnoticeable, nicely folded into the wine, and the palate is ultra-sleek, polished and elegant, with very fine tannins, nice acidity, and a subtle minerality providing freshness and length. The balsamic, herbal character grows in the glass, where the wine feels fresher and fresher. This is a great vintage for this bottling. 48,000 bottles produced."

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  • 93

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    Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
    James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2017

    "Lots of tobacco, berry and mushroom character here. Full body, tight and chewy tannins, and a savory finish. This is structured. Vibrant and beautiful. Drink in 2019."

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  • 95

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    Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, September 2017

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  • 91

    points

    Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

    "Bright red-ruby. Classic Cabernet aromas of currant, plum, mocha and tobacco leaf. Firmly structured, savory wine with lovely restrained sweetness, serious depth and a tactile fine-grained texture. But very young and tightly wound, in need of time in bottle to expand. I initially preferred the Signature Malbec but this Cabernet has sweeter tannins and more even ripeness, not to mention impressive length."

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  • 91

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    Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Adovcate, December 2016

    "The 2014 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from one specific plot from the Finca Brio in Los Árboles in the district of Tunuyán in the Valle de Uco. The objective here is to avoid green aromas, so the grapes have to be picked ripe but at the same time keep acidity. As in most of these wines, there is a small percentage of other varieties, in this case 5% Merlot. It followed a similar process as the whole range, ending with 13 months in French barriques, mostly second use. The oak is imperceptible, the ripeness is almost perfect, with some black olive-like aromas and a balanced, elegant palate with the textbook Cabernet tannins. 48,000 bottles produced."

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  • 93

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    Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
    James Suckling, May 2016

    "Beautiful dark fruit and raspberry character. Full body, velvety tannins and bright fruit. Pretty and drinkable. A pure and delicious wine. Drink or hold."

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  • 95

    points

    Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, January 2017

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  • 92

    points

    Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
    James Suckling, July 2017

    ""A mighty and tannic wine that has power over finesse.""

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  • 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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  • 92

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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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  • 93

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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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  • 90

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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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  • 90+

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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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  • 91

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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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  • 91

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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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  • 91

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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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  • 92

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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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