James Suckling 94
The aromas of this wine are so wonderful with blue fruit, blackberries and black tea. Ample violet undertones. Medium to full body, very fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish.
by James Suckling, JS, 2019.
Wine Advocate 92
There are some spicy and smoky aromas in the 2017 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec, which matured in oak barrels, 30 of them new, the rest second use, for 13 months. It comes from Altamira and has some 6 Cabernet Sauvignon. There are notes of ripe berries, blackberries and a touch of toast. It has flavors of creamy oak, herbs and ripe fruit. They have been lowering the oak in this range, but it's still oakier than the BenMarco range.
by Robert Parker, LG, 2019.
Beautiful deep violet color. It is a balanced and well-structured wine with flavors of raspberry, dark plum and currant that feature plenty of refined savory accents. Hints of mineral and smoke appear on its elegant, velvety and long finish. Well integrated oak and filigree tannins. Pair with beef, pork, game meats, cream-based sauces.
The vineyards for this wine were hand-harvested and located at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Destemmed, lightly crushed. Pumping over 3 times a day. Max. Temp. 30C. Extended maceration for 35 days. 13 months in 80 new French oak barrels and 20 second use French oak barrels.
Susanas Signature wines capture her ultimate expression as a winemaker - creating bold wines with artistic finesse that you never get tired of drinking. The wide range of styles in Susanas Signature wines highlight the breadth of winemaking expertise Susana brings to the winery. Susanas winemaking approach is to seamlessly apply her human touch and enhance (not mask) the grapes character, preserving all elements of terroir.
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In 1999, after working more than 20 years as a consultant winemaker for national and international wine companies, Susana decided to have her dream come true and started to build Susana Balbo Wines in the heart of Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. After more than 10 years of steady growth in foreign markets, another one of her dreams was fulfilled: her children, José, winemaker graduated from UC Davis (California) and Ana, Bachelor of Business Administration from University San Andrés (Buenos Aires) decided to go on with the family tradition and join Susana Balbo Wines team.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, Susana Balbo Wines is characterized by its simple and unique architecture, designed for the production of high-end wines. Each grape variety is hand- picked and carefully handled so as to maintain the fruit expression and achieve wines with a singular unique style.
During the last years, Susana and her team have been working tirelessly on meeting the international highest quality standards and have showed their commitment to some of the major issues of the 21st century: food safety, environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.