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Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2011

Malbec from Argentina, South America

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Item No. 120673
  • D93
  • ST91
  • WS90
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • ST90
  • 2003
  • WS90
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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, 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 pleasure is all about.

Critical Acclaim

"Winemaker Susana Balbo selects only the top barrels for her Signature series, and in this case the result is a great wine characterised by lovely fruit purity and intensity. With 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s rich yet fresh, with beautiful black fruit and floral aromas. Would be perfect with steak. "
93 Points

"Full, saturated red-ruby. Very pure, soil-inflected aromas and flavors of blackberry liqueur, mocha, truffle and smoky minerality, complicated by hints of milk chocolate and crushed herbs. Juicy and spicy but a bit youthfully imploded, with enticing sweetness leavened by brisk acidity. Most impressive today on the long, energetic, firmly tannic finish, which leaves behind notes of blackberry, black cherry, espresso and dark chocolate. Give this at least two or three years in the cellar before pulling the cork. Susana Balbo is now toasting her barrels with convection, which she says gives sweetness to the wines without an overbearing oakiness."
91 Points

"A dense, juicy red, displaying rich plum, crushed wild berry, spice, game and light earth notes that follow through on the long, minerally finish. Smart Buy."
90 Points

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johnharris - Crestview, FL (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(4/6/2014)
Style: Light & Fruity
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