James Suckling 92
Aromas of blueberries and violets carry through to a medium body, a solid core of fruit, firm and silky tannins and a clean and bright finish.
by James Suckling, JS, 2019.
Wine Advocate 91
The spectacular 2018 Crios Malbec is aromatic, floral and expressive, varietal and clean, with structure and fine tannins, with nice balance. It's velvety and juicy, with very focused flavors and a long finish. It's among the best Crios I remember.
by Robert Parker, LG, 2019.
A fresh, pure expression of the varietal, with aromas of violets, cherries, mocha and spice. Juicy tannins and balanced acidity complement perfectly ripe red fruit flavors, while a subtle hint of oak adds complexity. Pair with tuna, lamb or hamburgers. Produced from 100 Malbec that was aged 9 months in 100 French oak.
Crios is a family-owned brand by Susana Balbo, Argentinas leading and most innovative winemaker. Crios in Spanish means offspring and was created by Susana as a tribute to her son, Jose, and daughter, Ana. Nowadays, Susanas children have joined the family business and add their young-adult point of view to the wines that are dedicated to their family bond.
Crios wines are harvested from specific areas in Mendoza and Salta in Argentina, where grapes are optimal for the fruit-forward style of Crios. Contrary to many entry level brands, Crios wines have a background, a story behind. Each wine carries an inspirational message that also represents either a milestone in Susanas personal and professional life or the story about how the wine was made. Crios is also the perfect pairing at any meal!
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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