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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda 2009
Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda 2009
(search item no. 118160)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark reddish/purple color. Intense aroma of black raspberries and a touch of vanilla. Experience a rush of flavors upon first sip of this medium-bodied wine - ripe blackberry and red plum, young forest floor, hints of smoke and spice. This depth of flavor and intensity on the palate is almost unheard of for wines at this price. It's a winner both before and during a meal. Certainly enjoyable in its youth, but will age beautifully. A fun wine to try with a wide range of red wine-friendly foods and one that will delight even the most pretentious connoisseur.

Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Bonarda

My Notes:

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About Crios de Susana Balbo:

After 22 years of winemaking, Susana Balbo has a strong sense of what she wants from her wines. From every harvest, she creates the grandest possible wines under her Susana Balbo label. To achieve this, she makes a rigorous selection of the finest barrels prior to making her final blends, dividing them into the parents (reserve level wines) and offspring or "crios."

Wines under her Crios label display ripe fruit flavors, excellent balance and concentration, and are meant to be enjoyed in their vibrant youth. These wines are produced under Dominio del Plata's code of sustainable agriculture.

Like Susana's own crios (a boy and a girl), they are extremely lovable and fun to be around. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact. The artifact illustrates the interconnectedness of every generation, and the irony that we will be both the parent and the offspring at different times in our lives.