July 4, 2018 |
Our white wines came out on top, with our Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontés 2017 and Susana Balbo Signature White Blend 2016 earning 94 points each.
Gutiérrez notes of the Barrel Fermented Torrontés 2017, produced with grapes from Altamira: “Well beyond the varietal aromas, the complexity and aromatic profile of the 2017 Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontés is completely different from any other Torrontés I know.”
He also highlights the White Blend as sharing some similar characteristics, with its Torrontés, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc also sourced from Altamira: “It's aromatic and floral, with citrus, flowers and spice, and it has very good acidity, vibrant and serious, with high minerality. There's a solid, complex palate, with added nuance and texture from the other grapes, and a super tasty finish.”
Gutiérrez characterized our Susana Balbo Signature Rosé 2017 as “more of a white in terms of the aromatic and flavor profile”, calling it “Truly delicious… It’s a lot more complex and serious than your average rosé”. The wine was awarded 91 points, among the highest scores for rosés.
The two signature red blends from the winery, Susana Balbo Signature Brioso 2016 and Benmarco Expresivo 2016, were also highly rated, with 93 points each.
The Benmarco Expresivo 2016 shows “great purity” in the expression of its Gualtallary terroir. According to Gutiérrez, “It's floral, ethereal, fresh and complex, and it's still very young and lively in a way that I really like. This year the blend is 75% Malbec and 25% Cabernet Franc, with all the wild herbs and flowers from Gualtallary.”
In his overall highlights, Gutierréz notes that Susana Balbo is a producer making fresher wines, an important trend taking place across Argentina:
“To complete the list of highlights… this time I saw fresher wines from… Susana Balbo, starting with the whites and now unloading most of the reds from excess oak”
He also noted the increasing focus on expression of varietal and place across Argentina, another trend that Susana Balbo Wines has emphasized in its recent releases:
“As I've seen in other places in Argentina, there is a clear evolution to fresher wines with less oak and more expression of the varietal and the place.”
All of our wines in the 2018 tasting received 90+ points. Additional scores include: