Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend

Uco Valley, Mendoza

In keeping with Susana Balbo's pioneering spirit, this wine showcases white grape varieties from Argentina's high-altitude vineyards of Altamira in the Uco Valley.

Fish, rabbit, Asian food and hot sauces.

2017 Blend is 45% Semillón, 30% Torrontés and 25% Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon: 6h maceration with dry ice in the press (previous to the pressing), pressing, stripping during 36 hours and racking to the concrete eggs. Fermentation with wild yeasts. Torrontes: pressing without maceration. Selected yeasts. Fermentation in stainless steel tank. Once the alcoholic fermentation is over, conservation over lees during a month to improve the mouthfeel. Final blending and racking to barrels (batonage once a month).

Alcohol:  12.9% Acidity:     6.6% Oak Aging:  4 months in 60% first use French oak barrels and 40% second use

Finca La Delfina, Altamira (Uco Valley) Hand picked and destemmed. Elevation:  1,050 meters (3,445 feet)

In keeping with Susana Balbo's pioneering spirit, this wine showcases white grape varieties from Argentina's high-altitude vineyards of Altamira in the Uco Valley.

Fish, rabbit, Asian food and hot sauces.

2016 Blend is 34% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillón, 33% Torrontés

Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon: 6h maceration with dry ice in the press (previous to the pressing), pressing, stripping during 36 hours and racking to the concrete eggs. Fermentation with wild yeasts. Torrontes: pressing without maceration. Selected yeasts. Fermentation in stainless steel tank. Once the alcoholic fermentation is over, conservation over lees during a month to improve the mouthfeel. Final blending and racking to barrels (batonage once a month).

Alcohol:  12.9% Acidity:     6.6% Oak Aging:  4 months in 60% first use French oak barrels and 40% second use

Finca La Delfina, Altamira (Uco Valley) Hand picked and destemmed. Elevation:  1,050 meters (3,445 feet)

  • 92+

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    Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend
    Vinous, August 2018

    "Very pale color. Aromas of musky grapefruit pith and fresh herbs. Offers lovely texture and intensity, showing strong citrussy grapefruit and herb flavors complicated by intriguing salinity. Not a particularly fruity style but boasts excellent citric tension and finishes with terrific salty grip and excellent length. The Signature Torrontés is easier to drink while this cooler style is more powerful and cutting and needs to be served with food. This Sémillon, incidentally, boasts uncanny intensity, but Balbo notes that it's difficult to sell pure Sémillon. This is actually the white version of Balbo's Brioso red blend, but the word Brioso does not appear on the label in the domestic market."

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    Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend
    James Suckling, March 2018

    "Lots of citrus peel and sage, but also something flinty. Great freshness is married to discreet creaminess on the palate in a really exciting way, then the minerals kick in at the long, racy finish. A blend of semillon, sauvignon blanc and torrontes fermented and matured in French oak. Drink now."

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    Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend
    Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, October 2018

    "Offers a peachy aroma, with flavors to match, as well as dried apple, pear compote and green herb notes that feature some creamy accents. The minerally finish is fresh and lively. Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontés and Sémillon. Drink now. 834 cases made.  WEB ONLY"

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    Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2017

    "Pale, bright yellow. Pungent, complex nose melds grapefruit zest, lime oil, dusty herbs, white pepper, anise, crushed stone and flowers, plus notes of quinine and tarragon; today the Sauvignon Blanc dominates. The palate offers a better blend of texture and fruit ripeness than the Chardonnay or Torrontés, with a strong grapefruit flavor and a floral component providing energy and lift. A citrus peel element gives the finish a refreshing bitter edge that will make this wine very versatile at the dinner table. If this wine doesn't have quite the sappy depth of the 2015, it's still a fascinating white blend for Argentina. With 48 hours in the recorked bottle, a captivating fusel note emerged that reminded me of Riesling."

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    Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend
    James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2017

    "Aromas of stone, sliced lime and green mango character. Medium body, lovely fruit and a tangy finish. Another exotic white. Blend of sauvignon blanc, semiillion and torrontes. Drink now."

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    Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend
    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

    "The 2016 Susana Balbo White Blend has some similarities with the Barrel Fermented Torrontés, as it shares some of the grapes, but also, the other varieties were sourced from the same vineyard in Altamira. It's composed of similar parts of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Torrontés. It's aromatic and floral, with citrus, flowers and spice, and it has very good acidity, vibrant and serious, with high minerality. There's a solid, complex palate, with added nuance and texture from the other grapes, and a super tasty finish. 10,000 bottles produced."

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    Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend
    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, September 2017

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2016 Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend Tasting Note

2017 Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend Tasting Note

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

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Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend Label