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2011 Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon Crios Mendoza
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89 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013

Cassis, blueberry, violet, licorice, menthol and herbs on the pure nose.  Creamy-sweet in the mouth, but nicely integrated acidity and a touch of herbs give the wine good energy and lift.  Finishes firm and fresh, with fine-grained, supple tannins and plenty of structural support.  A juicy, brisk, refreshing cabernet.

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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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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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