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2009 Susana Balbo Malbec Crios de Susana Balbo Mendoza
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2011

($15) Bright red-ruby. Rather brooding aromas of dark currant, licorice, violet, chocolate and brown spices gained in complexity as the wine opened in the glass. The attractively sweet palate is nicely supported by integrated acidity. A firmly structured, dry malbec with serious tannins.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Argentina

Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.


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Malbec

The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina.
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