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2012 Susana Balbo Torrontes Crios de Susana Balbo Mendoza
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2013

Pale, bright silver-yellow color.  Highly perfumed aromas of lemon drop, white flowers, peppermint and white pepper.  Supple, pliant and easygoing, with citrus, herbal and floral flavors joined by a hint of licorice.  Shows a touch of heat on the finish.  Offers good weight in the mouth but seems less intense than the 2011.  Susana Balbo declassified a lot of fruit in the difficult 2012 harvest, making this wine mostly from Mendoza vines planted to the Salta clone of torrontes, as she finds the Mendoza clone's flavors too fleeting.

88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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