Susana Balbo, Crios, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018

IMG_2337 Susana Balbo, Crios, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018 has a deep purple hue in the glass. The nose is filled with fresh picked plums, strawberry, violets and hints of cacao. The full bodied Susana Balbo, Crios, Malbec has flavors of tart red cherry, wild berries, blueberry, dark chocolate notes and blood orange acidity on the finish.

Susana Balbo takes a real pride and sense of place in her winemaking. Too often wineries make a generic perfumed yet bold Malbec, but they all taste the same. It is like someone created a cookie cutter formula for Malbec and drinkers are ok until they are bored and switch to the next grape. Susana Balbo, Crios, Malbec let’s the grapes and the terroir where they are sourced do the work. Like all of the best Malbecs the Crios has a unique aroma and flavor profile to keep the drinker happy and interested. Each swirl and sip brings out a new experience for the mouth.

That ability to make the wine grow as it sits in the glass is one of the traits of a good winemaker and Susana Balbo is one of the best. Another important trait of a wine is to spur the taste buds and to enjoy the wine with the right food. And when one thinks of Argentina it is hard to not think about beef. I can picture the gauchos on the high plains in Argentina enjoying rib eyes cooked over an open flame while enjoying Susana Balbo, Crios, Malbec.

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