Crios De Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon- 90 pt Mendoza value $10.95

December 9, 2010 Daily Drinkers  One comment

Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet 2009Argentina is known for Malbec but Cabernet comes in a close second, albeit from a different angle.  Argentinian Malbec is sweet, ripe and often syrupy- a very “new world” style.  Because of the cooler, high altitude climate, their Cabernet tends to be a more restrained style, somewhere between new and old world, which is why it’s featured in many of Mendoza’s high-end blends.  This wine is more Washington than Napa.

Winemaker Susana Balbo’s second wine “Crios”, or offspring, is a perfect daily drinking value at $10.95, which is the lowest price on my Interweb Machine.  Jay Miller of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave it 90+ points, making it one of the lowest priced 90 point Cabernets in recent memory.  Firm and balanced with French roast coffee, this wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered giving it a broad rich mouthfeel.  It lingers particularly long on the finish, showing well beyond it’s $11 price point.

Susana Balbo has been making wine all over the world for almost 30 years, but as her first project as owner and winemaker, her passion shows through on the 2009 “Crios”.  For those looking for a balanced, focused Cabernet, I can think of no better value.

Buy Here: 2009 Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet $10.95

Wine Advocate 90 points

“Susana Balbo is very high on Mendoza’s 2009 vintage, calling it a “fantastic year”. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon spent 5 months in seasoned French and American oak. It is purple-colored with a classy nose of cigar box, cassis, black currant, and violets. Medium-to full bodied, it has excellent depth, savory flavors, ripe tannin for balance, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now and over the next 4-5 years.”

One comment to Crios De Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon- 90 pt Mendoza value $10.95

  • [...] for this price.   This wine is made by Susana Balbo, who is taking Argentina by storm right now (remember Crios?).  The nose is sweet and fragrant with nice vanilla oak overtones, but the most impressive part [...]

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