Susana Balbo Signature Malbec

Altamira, Uco Valley, Mendoza

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red color. Aromas of blueberries, notes of licorice and flowers. An affable wine with intense body. Elegant finish and round tannins.

Beef, pork, game meats, cream-based sauces.

Selected yeasts. Maximum fermentation temperature was 28°C (82°F). Total mace-ration time was 35 days. In contact with lees by means of battonage. Aged for 13 months in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% second-use French oak barrels.

Blend is 92% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Franc Alcohol 14.6%; acidity 5.8 g/L.

Grapes grown in Finca La Delfina, Altamira, Valle de Uco, at an average elevation of 1,050 m. (3,445 ft)

Tasting Notes

Beautiful deep violet color. It is a balanced and well-structured wine with flavors of raspberry, dark plum and currant that feature plenty of refined savory accents. Hints of mineral and smoke appear on its elegant, velvety and long finish. Well integrated oak and filigree tannins.

Beef, pork, game meats, cream-based sauces.

Destemmed, lightly crushed. Pumping over and delestage 3 times a day. Max. temp. 28°C. Extended maceration 35 days. Aged for 13 months in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% second-use French oak barrels.

Blend is 94% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon Alcohol 14.5%; acidity 5.4 g/L.

Grapes grown in Finca La Delfina, Altamira, Uco Valley, at an average elevation of 1,050 m. (3,440 ft)

Tasting Notes

Beautiful deep violet color. It is a balanced and well-structured wine with flavors of raspberry, dark plum and currant that feature plenty of refined savory accents. Hints of mineral and smoke appear on its elegant, velvety and long finish. Well integrated oak and filigree tannins.

Beef, pork, game meats, cream-based sauces.

Destemmed, lightly crushed. Pumping over and delestage 3 times a day. Max. temp. 28°C. Extended maceration 35 days. Aged for 13 months in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% second-use French oak barrels.

Blend is 95% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot. Alcohol 13.6%; acidity 5.8 g/L.

Grapes grown in Altamira, Uco Valley, at an average elevation of 1,200 m.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful deep violet color with exploding aromas of blackberries, blueberries and black cherries. It is a wonderfully floral, pure expression of Uco Valley. On the palate it has enticing flavors of plum, berries, with a bright acidity and a lick of chalk. Well-integrated oak and filigree tannins. Its finish is elegant, velvety and long.

Beef, pork, game meats, cream-based sauces.

Destemmed, lightly crushed. Pumping over and delestage 3 times a day. Max. temp. 30°C. Extended maceration 35 days. Aged for 13 months in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% second-use French oak barrels.

Blend is 95% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot. Alcohol 14.4%; acidity 6.0 g/L.

Grapes grown in Altamira, Uco Valley, at an average elevation of 1,200 m.

Tasting Notes

Bright violet red color. Vibrant aromas of blackberries and pepper with a floral/herbal lift. Intense and well-balanced with bright acidity, well-integrated oak and fine-grained tannins. This is a ripe and rich style of wine with long velvet finish.

Pairs well with beef, pork, game birds and meat-based sauces.

Hand picked, destemmed. Cooled at 6°C. Selected yeast Macerated for 35 days. Low pressed. Max. temperature 28°C. Aged for 13 months in 100% new French oak barrels: 30% new and 70% second-use.

Blend is 95% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot. Alcohol 14.4%; acidity 5.4 g/L.

Grapes grown at La Delfina Vineyard in Altamira, Uco Valley, at an elevation of 1,080 m.

  • 93

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    James Suckling, April 2020

    "A red with blackberry and blueberry aromas. Hints of tar. Medium body. Very fine tannins. Shows a pretty, chocolate and hazelnut aftertaste. Drink or hold."

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  • 93

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    Wine Advocate, March 2021

    "The 2018 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec shows superbly; it's aromatic, expressive and open, combining floral and spicy notes and with a medium-bodied palate and very fine tannins. The Malbec from Altamira was combined with some 8% Cabernet Franc, and the two varieties seem to work very well together and complement each other. 145,000 bottles produced."

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  • 90

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    Wine Spectator, 2019

    "Notes of black olive accent the dark currant, tar and dried blackberry flavors, featuring vibrant mineral hints. The firm, savory finish lingers with slate elements. Drink now through 2024. 8,000 cases made, 6,800 cases imported."

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  • 90

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    Wine Spectator, December 2019

    "Notes of black olive accent the dark currant, tar and dried blackberry flavors, featuring vibrant mineral hints. The firm, savory finish lingers with slate elements. Drink now through 2024. 8,000 cases made, 6,800 cases imported."

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  • 92

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    Vinous, September 2019

    "Bright ruby-red. More medicinal on the nose than the Signature Cabernet, showing slightly reduced aromas of black cherry and dark chocolate. Very intense and alive, with surprising acidity and sexy chalky mineral lift giving the wine terrific inner-mouth tension (the pH of this Altamira wine is a moderate 3.5--lower than that of the Cabernet Sauvignon). Finishes with suave, broad tannins and touch of charcoal. This sexy wine should age gracefully and is a splendid value. (aged for 13 months in 30% new and 70% used French oak)"

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  • 94

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    James Suckling, March 2019

    "Pretty cabernet with blackcurrant and green-tea aromas and flavors. Medium body. Hazelnut, dried-flower and cedar undertones. Fine finish. Racy. Drink or hold."

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  • 87

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    Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, October 2018

    "Crunchy red, with zesty red fruit flavors that are backed by fresh acidity. Dried raspberry and sandalwood on the finish. Drink now. 4,300 cases imported.  WEB ONLY"

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  • 89

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    Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, November 2018

    "Sweet berry aromas of blueberry and blackberry are a touch oaky and suggestive of graphite. A plump but pulling palate is quite dry and tannic, but not mean or raw. Savory plum and berry flavors include a hint of soy sauce, while this is flush on the finish. Folio Fine Wine Partners. —"

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  • 91

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    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, August 2018

    "Bright, saturated medium ruby. Violet-tinged nose displays the enticing floral character of the better wines from the 2016 vintage. Vinous and intense, offering serious penetration without hardness. This sexy, juicy wine conveys excellent focus to its dark berry and floral flavors, not to mention very good integration of oak, with the small Petit Verdot component contributing lift. More about definition and balance than size. Balbo routinely picks this fruit on the early side to avoid getting an excessively high pH (it's normally in the range of 3.5 to 3.65 and this one is 3.65, with a moderate 13.6% alcohol)."

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  • 92

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, March 2018

    "A very enticing nose of pure violets, dark-jet licorice, crushed stones, moss, ripe stems, earth and forest floor. The palate shows chewy yet compact tannins, lots of tangy blue fruit and a chewy finish. Drink in 2021."

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  • 92+

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    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

    "The style of the 2016 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec shows the hand of the winemaker, with a little warmer fermentation and perhaps a little more extraction. However, in the cooler and wetter 2016, this feels as fresh and floral as the BenMarco Malbec, and it has a polished and balanced palate, with some fine-grained tannins and clean, pure flavors. Precise, focused and fresh. 100,000 bottles produced."

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  • 95

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    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, October 2018

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  • 88

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    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2017

    "Bright red-ruby. Lively dark scents of blackberry, cassis, black cherry and violet. Suave and fine-grained but quite dry, showing moderate depth and medium body to its dark berry and licorice flavors. Finishes with dusty but essentially smooth tongue-coating tannins and decent length."

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  • 91

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    Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, December 2017

    ""Big and rich, with balanced and well-structured flavors of raspberry, dark plum and currant that feature plenty of refined savory accents. Hints of mineral and smoke show on the finish.""

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  • 92

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, March 2018

    "Aromas of oyster shell and iodine with lots of dark fruits. Full body, mushroom and berry character. Flavorful finish. Different profile for malbec. Drink or hold."

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  • 92

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    Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, June 2018

    "The stony soils of Altamira, high into the Andes, often produce austere wines, as if imbued with a cold mountain breeze. This malbec demonstrates that austerity, the flavors walled off by monolithic tannins. Little by little, the wine shows its notes of violets and red cherries, as well as a delicious layer of spices and herbs. Still very young, it needs five years in the bottle."

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  • 96

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    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, September 2017

    "N/A"

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  • 90

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    2014 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

    "(from sandy, stony, limestone soil in Altamira; aged in 60% new oak): Bright ruby-red. Very pure, vibrant aromas of blackberry, licorice and flowers, plus a complementary whiff of musky oak. Tightly wound, intense and fine-grained, conveying lovely vinosity to the firm dark fruit flavors. Finishes with firm but smooth tannins, excellent length and no rough edges. This wine and the Ben Marco Malbec, also made by under the direction of Susana Balbo, came from reasonable crop levels of about eight tons per hectare."

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  • 91+

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    2014 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec
    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

    "The 2014 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec is sourced from the same vineyard in Altamira where the Torrontés vines are planted, the Finca la Delfina. It contains some 5% of Petit Verdot grapes. It was kept with lees that were occasionally stirred and it matured in French barriques, 30% of them new, for 13 months. They have reduced the oak drastically, and the wine shows purer, fresher and subtler, finely nuanced. The ripeness is contained, it also shows a little less alcohol as it was harvested a little earlier and with more acidity. There is always a note of mint in the wine produced from this vineyard. I very much like this new direction. 80,000 bottles produced."

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  • 93

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    2014 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec
    James Suckling, May 2016

    "A generous and rich red with lots of blackberry and spice character. Hints of green pepper and spice. Full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Malbec with a touch of petit verdot. Drink now."

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    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, January 2017

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  • 88

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    Wine Advocate, October 2019

    "This is a Sicilian blend that is mostly Nero d'Avola enhanced with smaller parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The entry-level Sicilia Sedàra clearly shows a more international personality with the noticeable softness of the Merlot and Syrah as well as some of the natural structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon. No oak is used. The wine's inner fiber is succulent and soft. Pair this versatile wine with your favorite grilled meats. Some 300,000 bottles were produced."

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  • 89

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    Wine Enthusiast, February 2019

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  • 91

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    James Suckling, June 2019

    "A ripe and juicy wine with sour-cherry and berry character. Hints of almonds. Medium body. Flavorful finish. Drink now."

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  • 91

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    Vinous, August 2019

    "Deep red. Ripe aromas of red cherry and Oriental spices. Then fresh and juicy, but with a luscious quality to the super-ripe red and black cherry flavors that turn more austere in the middle. Finishes long and suave. This smells and tastes a lot like the 2018 Sherazade, only made from riper grapes. A blend of Nero d’Avola mostly, plus Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah."

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    Wine Advocate, October 2019

    "Donnafugata's 2018 Sicilia Anthìlia is a Catarratto-based blend with a very pretty and delicate aromatic profile that incorporates elements of white flower, honey, pear and passion fruit. This is a zesty and streamlined white wine (that sees no oak) to drink on easy occasions with light finger foods or bite-sized sushi rolls. Production is large at 830,000 bottles made."

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  • 89

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    Wine Enthusiast, December 2019

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