Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda 2006

Red Blends from Argentina, South America

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Item No. 95480
  • RP90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • ST89
  • 2003
  • WS89
  • ST88
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Winemaker's Notes

Varietal Composition: 50% Syrah, 50% Bonarda

Dark reddish/purple color. Intense aroma of black raspberries. This medium-bodied, very lively wine has loads of ripe red plum and black raspberry flavors with a slightly spicy character and a long, juicy finish.

Certainly enjoyable in its youth, but will age beautifully. A fun wine to try with a wide range of red wine-friendly foods.

"The 2006 Syrah-Bonarda contains 50% of each component. It was also aged for nine months in French and American oak and bottled without fining or filtration. Purple-colored, it delivers an alluring nose of baking spice, blueberry, plum, and black raspberry. On the palate it is medium-bodied with loads of spicy dark fruit, a forward personality, good balance, and a pure finish. It too may be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years."
-Wine Advocate

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MF - Chicago, IL (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/23/2010)
It saddens me to write this as I think all of the Crios selections are phenomenal wines at their price. However, this blend just didn't impress me. It tasted like Welch's grape juice.
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Rating:
(9/24/2010)
Beautifully balanced between the Shiraz and the Bonarda grapes.
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Kate T - Bronx, NY (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/27/2010)
Charbono is one of my favorite varietals, but nearly impossible to find these days. I was delighted to see this wine, a blend of charbono (under one of its many pseudonyms), hoping it would taste better than i expected, given that i didn't think charbono and syrah would necessarily complement each other. Sadly, my suspicions were confirmed. The wine was simply nondescript. It wasn't bad, it wasn't good, it wasn't much of anything. And worse, we drank it with some indian food (curried potatoes and saag paneer), which brought out strong menthol and fake-grape in the finish as the wine had some time to breathe. Maybe it would shine paired with some other food, but there's enough other wine in the world that i won't bother with this one again.
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(ahr-jen-TEE-nah) Now fifth in the world for wine production, Argentina is catching up in the quality wine sector. A long time wine producer, Argentina used to make wine in order to drink it, not export it. And so the wines produced were quaffable and rustic and made for the local's everyday dinner. Yet it's hard not to get caught up in the wine market of the world and some...

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