2010 Susana Balbo "Brioso" Mendoza

SKU #1166910 95 points James Suckling

 This is a very serious blended red with tension, structure and richness yet shows reserve and tension. Full body, with silky tannins and a long finish. Reserved and beautiful. Needs another two to three years of bottle age. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot.  (6/ 2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dense, bright ruby. Strongly oaky aromas of cassis, cocoa powder, violet and spices. Very concentrated and sweet but with insidious juicy, salty minerality and firm acidity giving shape and lift to the sexy flavors of blackberry, violet, pepper and spicy oak. Densely packed but not at all bitter or overextracted. Finishes sappy, seamless and very long, with substantial tongue-dusting tannins and enough acidity to buffer its slight sweetness and give lift to the aftertaste. Lovely wine, with a moderate pH of 3.56.  (3/ 2014)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.