2010 Susana Balbo "Brioso" Mendoza
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.
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.