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2012 Susana Balbo Malbec Crios de Susana Balbo Mendoza
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2014

(blended with 5% bonarda):  Dark red with ruby tones.  Crushed currant, black cherry and smoky oak on the nose.  A vinous, tactile midweight with expressive currant, cherry and spice flavors accented by salt and pepper nuances.  Very expressive wine, not at all overextracted.  The best and sweetest of these three Crios reds from the 2012 vintage.  Finishes with suave tannins and noteworthy persistence.  A very classy malbec for the price.

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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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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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