Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina
Deep ruby color with hints of purple. Classic Cabernet aromas of rich red fruits, red pepper, plum, tobacco leaf, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of fresh mint. The aromas are echoed on the palate, with layers of fruit and spice pushing on and on. It's a full-bodied wine that has incredible length and purity of flavor—it really keeps you coming back for more. If Cabernet Sauvignon dreamed at night, this is what it would dream about!
Pairs well with a wide range of foods from beef and pork to lamb, quail and other game birds, and cream-based sauces. This wine will age very well, so don't forget some bottles for the cellar too.
James Suckling - "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."
Wine Spectator - "A flashy red, showing ripe cassis and racy cherry coulis notes, wound with a structured layer of spice, mocha and licorice."
Wine & Spirits - "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 cassis and black pepper clearly delineated through a smooth and elegant finish. This will benefit from several years in the cellar, or serve it now will grilled sausages."
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "I first met Susana Balbo a decade ago with the backdrop of the Andes and what I saw in her eyes was the soul the heart of a winemaker. Ms. Balbo is one of the world's great wine luminaries. The 2012 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet is one of the world's best values in this varietal field. The wine is very dark, super enticing in the nose and satisfying on the palate. Medium to deep ruby color; a superb intermix of licorice, black fruit and sweet earth in the nose, yes there is more just fruit here; medium bodied, frisky and fine on the palate, perfectly poised sweet tannins keeps everything all in place; dry, pleasing acidity, well balance; unbridled red currants and black licorice and sweet earth in the flavors; long finish, crisp and active in the aftertaste. (Tasted: February 12, 2016, San Francisco, CA)"
Tasting Panel - "Dark, smooth and lush with clean, bright and tangy style; juicy, snappy and pure with deep plum, blackberry and spice; long and dense."
The Wine Advocate - "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. "
International Wine Cellar - "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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Susana Balbo Winery
Susana became the first female enologist in Argentina after graduating with honors from Don Bosco University in Mendoza in 1981. Due to the male-dominated industry in Mendoza, her first job took her north to Salta where she changed Argentine wine history with her first vintage of premium Torrontés. Susana continually seeks innovative ways to enhance her winemaking, from experimenting with barrel volumes (160L through 6,500L) to testing wild vs cultured yeasts. For premium wine production, Susana chooses concrete eggs for fermenting vessels. The egg's porous concrete breathes like oak yet allows the wine to develop as if it were made in stainless steel. The resulting wine has a pure expression of fruit with a richer, more complex mouthfeel. In 2011 and 2012, Susana's son Jose and daughter Ana joined the winery to help build SBW to where it is today. Jose helps Susana as the winery's head of R&D alongside his role as Exportation Manager. Ana is SBW's Marketing Manager as well as General Manager of the winery restaurant Osadía de Crear. Susana continuously seeks uncharted territory in the wine world to see what limits can be tested. Most recently, Susana crafted Argentina's first Barrel Fermented Torrontes. It's a wine that is not only the first of its kind, but harvested from a previously unproven terroir for Torrontés in the Uco Valley. The Wine Advocate's Luis Gutierrez calls it one of the "10 Argentine Wines to Drink Before You Die". View all Susana Balbo Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review44 out of 5 stars
14 ratings, 5 with reviewskknyc - New York, NY43/15/2015Graham Wallace - San Jose, CA39/28/2016rxk920 - Brunswick, OH58/8/2016Ronald Smits - Kearny, NJ37/23/2016Anonymous - Baton Rouge, LA35/19/2016Markus.3107 - Pueblo, CO45/19/2016orwell - Oakland, CA12/10/2016Bergsund - Belvedere Tiburon, CA31/28/2015hlovwine - Roca, NE49/7/2015very tasty wine, different from california cabs but just as pleasing,put back on my wish listmavmoses07 - Denver, CO54/14/2015
I think this is the cab I really liked.James Milicia - Westfield Center, OH44/11/2015gwendolyn - Oakland, CA54/1/2015
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Love this Cabernet - it's a true cab though, so not for those who prefer sweet or smooth tannins. These tannins will dry your mouth out. But not before giving you loads of cassis, plum and violets, as well as a burst of dark chocolate. Wonderful balance and finish. Far better than many cabs twice the price.imillett - Lincoln, NE33/15/2015I wasn't very happy with this Cabernet. I thought the wine was rough and alkaline, frankly a bit bitter. I found it to be all tannin and very little of anything else. The Cabernet Sauvignon drinker and expert in the family thought it was good. His first comment was "this is a different style of wine" We had tried a Zin previously. I'm comparing it to a Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. It was $30 vs. the $20 for this bottle. The Wine Spectator rated them both at 91. I'll pay more for the Rust en Vrede. That wine had a far more complex flavor. I would also prefer the Calcu Cabernet Franc 2011 which is less expensive and also shows more complex flavor. This was an interesting experiment. However, in this case, I'm willing to pay more for an alternative.littlemiss3204 - Boston, MA52/6/2015WIll D - Biloxi, MS41/8/2015Very good Cab for the money. Mendoza region is really coming on strong.
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