Susana Balbo Crios Red (750ml)
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Pulled porkMushroom dishesSausages
Susana Balbo comes from a family of vignerons. In 1981 Susana received her degree in enology, and became the first woman in Argentina to do so. Her career started in Cafayate, Salta province at Michel Torino winery where she was in charge of developing and stylizing the Torrontes varietal. Afterwards she worked at many well-regarded wineries such as Martins and Catena Zapata. In 2012, she was recognized as one of the “Most influential women wine-makers” by The Drink Business magazine. Later, in 2015, she was awarded by the same magazine as “Woman of the year”. Recently in 2018, the magazine recognized her again by including her in the list of “The 10 most influential women in the wine world”.
Susana Balbo founded Crios as a tribute to her children, Jose and Ana. Together, they craft wines to be enjoyed across generations and to represent values they strive to instill in their own families.
It is a complex and nuanced wine, with structured tannins, lively acidity and full body. Notes of mature red fruits, violet and crushed stones are complemented by subtle hints of vanilla, toast and spice from the oak. Enjoy with barbecue, grilled sausages, medium spiced pork, mushroom based dishes or soft and smoked cheese.
A blend of red grapes grown at an elevation of 1,100 masl in the Uco Valley of Menodza. The grapes are hand harvested and fermented at a maximum temperature of 26°-28°C (79°-82°F). Total maceration time was 25 days. The wine then ages for 8 months in French oak barrels (20% second-use; 80% third-use). The Crios blend varies per vintage, this current vintage highlights Malbec, Syrah and Petit Verdot.
Gary Weber (verified owner)
Rating is based on value. Lovely wine. Smooth fruit supported with firm acidity and mellow tannins. Decently complex and quite versatile and was superb with pasta and tomato sauce. I think it makes for a fine summer deck wine and will complement a lot of different foods.