2014 Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec, Mendoza (750ml)

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Country: Argentina
Region: Mendoza
Grape Varietal: Malbec
Review Score: 89WA, 88V
Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%

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The 2014 Crios Malbec is now sourced exclusively from different zones in the Uco Valley and in the future the label will mention it. They define this wine as lush with hints of spices. It has a floral-driven nose, with, yes, hints of spices, but no traces of oak, only a lactic twist, perhaps from the malolactic fermentation; part of the blend is never in contact with oak and is produced exclusively in stainless steel. Juicy, with those telltale Malbec round tannins, this can be drunk so easily it can be dangerous! The back labels of the Crios range give some hints of what food to pair with the wine, and here they mention tuna steak, lamb and hamburgers... umm! A champion in its price range. 480,000 bottles produced.

89 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 220 - Aug 2015)

Dark ruby-red. Black cherry and licorice aromas are complemented by smoky oak. Juicy, tight and well-delineated, showing little easy sweetness to the dark berry flavors. Has the fruit intensity to stand up to its firm tannins. Today the tannins and structure of the Crios wines come from the grapes, not the oak treatment, noted winemaker/owner Susana Balbo.

88 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Jan 2015)