Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2014 Front Label
Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2014 Front Label

Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2014

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of peach pit, white pear, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. On the palate, it has beautiful structure and acidity similar to Sauvignon Blanc along with enticing fruit flavors and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, this wine has to be tasted to be believed.

Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, and seafood.

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Crios Torrontés comes from Cafayate in Salta and Altamira in Uco Valley, Mendoza, approximately 50/50. She planted in Altamira with vegetal material from Salta. The wine from Cafayate is fermented there and the wine transferred to Mendoza at the end of the fermentation in a cold truck with the fermenting wine protected by dry ice. The style Susana searches for is one with freshness, tension and acidity, representing the variety without overwhelming the senses, so the wine is easier to pair with food. There is a citric note that is provided by the Mendoza part that is less warm than Salta and from a chalky terroir that is harvested earlier. The wine is cold fermented, with a very clean must to avoid bitterness and also looking for bunches in the shadow, in Salta through the parral pruning and in Mendoza both parral and trellises. The nose is subtle, closer to a spicy Gewürztraminer than a Moscatel, with more flowers and elegance and absent the terpene aromas that come with very ripe Torrontés or if you use the gross lees. Only the fine lees are used here. All these details really make a difference. We talked about the possible food pairings of this aromatic white. Curiously enough the main customer in the US is a restaurant chain with some Japanese (sushi) and fusion cuisine. This is also ideal for Thai food with it's white pepper aromas, the vibrant acidity, and pungent flavors. Textbook Torrontés at unbeatable prices; the label says it all, dry, crisp and aromatic. They are one of the main producers and exporters of Torrontés, the production for this wine is around 420,000 bottles.
JS 90
James Suckling
A balanced and fruity white with sliced apple, pear and salty character. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a clean finish. You are going to like it.
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Crios de Susana Balbo

Crios de Susana Balbo

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Crios de Susana Balbo, South America
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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.

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Home to some of Argentina’s best Torrontes, the Cafayate Valley’s rugged, high-altitude vineyards are part of the Calchaquies Valley in northwestern Argentina. Here, this Argentine white variety is able to achieve optimal ripeness while maintaining a higher than average acidity; its wines are typically full-bodied, dry to off-dry and alluringly aromatic.

In the Cafayate Valley, summers are warm and while most rainfall happens in these months, it isn’t enough to supply to the vineyards with enough water for the entire year. Snowmelt provides a fresh water source for irrigation in these arid and extreme conditionss.

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Unapologetically fun and distinctively fragrant, Torrontés is regarded as the signature white grape of Argentina. In many ways it bears a striking resemblance to Muscat (and in fact is an offspring of Muscat of Alexandria). Sommelier Secret—If you’re in search of a new summer sipper, look no further than Torrontés. These wines are always inexpensive, delightfully refreshing and are best enjoyed in the sunny outdoors at a picnic, poolside or on the porch.

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