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Date Printed: 7/24/2016
Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2008
Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2008
(search item no. 110765)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2016: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2012 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 91 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2011 Decanter rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautiful deep violet color with exploding aromas of blackberry, black cherry, and violets framed by hints of oak and mint. The wonderful aromas are mirrored on the palate, and they are joined by ripe plum fruit and a hint of toasty vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of mint on the finish. This is a ripe and rich style of wine, but the Cabernet adds structure, reigning in the fruit and focusing it into a long finish.

A wine that truly struggles between its fun and serious side. Pairs well with a wide range of foods from beef and pork to game birds or even meat-based pastas. This is what Malbec is all about.

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About Susana Balbo:

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".