After 22 years of winemaking, Susana Balbo has a strong sense of what she wants from her wines. From every harvest, she creates the grandest possible wines under her Susana Balbo label. To achieve this, she makes a rigorous selection of the finest barrels prior to making her final blends, dividing them into the parents (reserve level wines) and offspring or “crios.” Wines under her Crios label display ripe fruit flavors, excellent balance and concentration, and are meant to be enjoyed in their vibrant youth. These wines are produced under Dominio del Plata’s code of sustainable agriculture. Like Susana’s own crios (a boy and a girl), they are extremely lovable and fun to be around. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact. The artifact illustrates the interconnectedness of every generation, and the irony that we will be both the parent and the offspring at different times in our lives.
Deep red color. This wine has vibrant aromas of black fruit, tobacco and pepper with spicy-floral hints. It has an intense and well balanced acidity. The oak is beautifully integrated with elegant and fine grained tannins. A subtle minerality provides freshness and good length.
93JS. I tasted two vintages of the Signature Cabernet, and the two years show quite different. The 2017 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon feels riper and shows a little more influence of the élevage in oak barrels but with a supple core of herbal and berry aromas, quite varietal and expressive. It has some development, with complex aromas and classical tannins.
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