Sept. 19, 2019 |
Stephen Tanzer highlighted Susana’s role as a producer and exporter of white wines from Argentina: “Susana Balbo exports nearly all of her production and 40% of the total is white wine, which is unusually high for a producer in Argentina.” The wine Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontés 2018 obtained 92 points by Tanzer, who described it as “a very refined Torrontés with subtle complexity, energy and cut”. Also, Stephen tasted the fourth vintage of the novel Susana Balbo White Blend 2018, awarding it 92 points, and highlighting its palate: “[It] communicates a tactile impression of dry extract on the back half, with the flavors of quinine, mint and wild herbs carrying through a subtle, very long finish. This distinctive white blend boasts plenty of palate presence.”
The reds in the Susana Balbo Signature were not left behind. The Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 obtained 90+ points and the Malbec 2017 was awarded 92 points. Moreover, Brioso 2017, a Bordeaux blend, obtained 93 points and Tanzer fantasized about its aging potential: “This very promising blend has the structure to evolve gracefully”.
Moreover, the range of wines named BenMarco was not left behind either. The Malbec 2017, produced with grapes from Los Chacayes, Valle de Uco, obatined 90 points while the Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, originated in Los Árboles, Valle de Uco, was awarded 91 points. Finally, BenMarco Expresivo 2017, a Malbec and Cabernet Franc blend from Gualtallary, obtained 92+ points, and Tanzer highlighted its aging potential as well as its palate: “it already stands out for its sexy use of new oak, smooth texture and tangy salty minerality. The palate-staining, taste bud-titillating finish is stylish, suavely tannic and very long, with terrific mineral grip.”
With an excellent report that celebrates the evolution in style and variety of Argentine wines, both white and red, and outstanding scores for the Susana Balbo Wines portfolio, Tanzer says goodbye in this Argentina wine report, the last one he writes for Vinous.