Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina, South America
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."
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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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 Review4 }div>4.2 out of 5 stars
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- 4 Stars: 4
- 3 Stars: 1
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- 1 Stars: 0
8 ratings, 4 with reviewskknyc - New York, NY43/15/2015mavmoses07 - 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, MA52/6/2015Bergsund - Belvedere Tiburon, CA41/28/2015WIll D - Biloxi, MS41/8/2015Very good Cab for the money. Mendoza region is really coming on strong.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
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