Susana Balbo Wines awarded top scores in James Suckling´s 2019 report

21 wines from Susana Balbo Wines received 90+ points from international critic James Suckling in his 2019 tasting report, ¨Argentina´s Extreme Wines Lead the Way in This Year´s Tasting¨ .

Suckling highlights the quality of the 2017 and 2018 vintages, and lauds the increasing focus that Argentina´s winemakers are placing on terroir: ¨The energy and prowess of the winemakers and viticulturalists comes through in every mindblowing glass of these mineral and dynamic wines that show a vibrant, solid texture and structure, no matter white or red. These are wines that clearly illustrate the soul of Argentina’s unique environment and the country’s evolutionary winemakers.¨

Suckling awarded our Nosotros Single Vineyard Nomade Altamira Malbec 2014 98 points, placing it in the top 20 wines of Argentina. He notes, ¨The aromas of blueberries, violets and cedar with sandalwood and lavender are so beautiful. Rose petals, too. Full-bodied, extremely dense and tight with a compact palate and superb fruit concentration. Extremely long and precise¨.

The 2013 vintage of this wine, from Gualtallary, was recently named by Suckling among the top 100 wines in the world after receiving a score of 99 points last year.

True to the title of this year´s report, Suckling gave very high scores to the wines from our BenMarco Sin Limites line, which explores Argentina´s extreme Andean terroirs to discover the most interesting soil and climate combinations that can be revealed in our wines. Our BenMarco Sin Limites Malbec Gualtallary 2018 and BenMarco Sin Limites Malbec Pedernal 2018 both received 95 points.

The newly released BenMarco Sin Limites Chardonnay Gualtallary received 93 points, reflecting Suckling´s commentary on the impressive quality of Chardonnays from this region: ¨They have a unique energy and drive with a minerally and salty undertone to the bright and fresh fruit character. They remind us of white Burgundy, but have a bolder and brighter fruitiness with an underlying intensity of acidity.¨

Our two signature blends – Susana Balbo Signature Brioso 2017 (Bordeaux blend) and BenMarco Expresivo 2017 (Malbec with Cabernet Franc) also fared well in this year´s tasting, with 95 points each.

The white wines from our Susana Balbo Signature line continue to stand out, with Suckling calling our 94-point Barrel Fermented Torrontés 2018 ¨flavorful and bright, dry and stylish¨ and our 93-point Susana Balbo Signature White Blend 2018 a ¨fascinating white¨.

Not to be outdone, our young, fresh Crios wines demonstrated their incredible value in this year´s report, with all 3 of the reds – Malbec 2018, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 and Red Blend 2018 - earning 92 points. Our Crios Torrontés 2018 received 91 points and Crios Rosé 2018 90 points.

The full list of points can be found below:

Nosotros

Single Vineyard Nomade Malbec

2014

98

Susana Balbo Signature

Limited Edition La Delfina

2016

95

Susana Balbo Signature

Brioso

2017

95

Susana Balbo Signature

Malbec

2017

94

Susana Balbo Signature

Cabernet Sauvignon

2017

93

Susana Balbo Signature

Barrel Fermented Torrontés

2018

94

Susana Balbo Signature

White Blend

2018

93

Susana Balbo Signature

Chardonnay

2017

92

Susana Balbo Signature

Rosé

2018

92

Benmarco

Expresivo

2017

95

Benmarco

Malbec

2017

93

Benmarco

Cabernet Sauvignon

2017

92

Benmarco

Cabernet Franc

2017

92

Benmarco Sin Limites

Malbec Pedernal

2018

95

Benmarco Sin Limites

Malbec Gualtallary

2018

95

Benmarco Sin Limites

Chardonnay Gualtallary

2018

93

Crios

Cabernet Sauvignon

2018

92

Crios

Malbec

2018

92

Crios

Red Blend

2018

92

Crios

Torrontés

2018

91

Crios

Rosé

2018

90