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2011 Susana Balbo Malbec Mendoza
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2013

Deep saturated ruby.  Ripe, sweet nose offers black cherry, cassis, plum and licorice, plus hints of dried fig and chocolatey oak.  Plush, velvety and ripe, with an invitingly pliant texture and captivating sweetness.  Finishes with suave tannins and excellent length and grip.  This is excellent.  Susana Balbo is now toasting her barrels with convection, which she says gives sweetness to the wines without an overbearing oakiness.

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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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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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