Susana Balbo 2008 Brioso – Wine of the Week Review

Susana Balbo 2008 Brioso
Susana Balbo 2008 Brioso

Price: $45

Rating: 15/20

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Varietals: 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 15 percent Malbec, 10 percent Merlot, 10 percent Cabernet Franc & 5 percent Petit Verdot

Production: 600 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent

Tasting Notes: Having worked as a consultant winemaker for 20 years, Susana Balbo struck out on her own in 1999 by founding Dominio del Plata. The winery produces a variety of wines under four different labels: Benmarco, Crios, Nosotros and the eponymous Susana Balbo. The 2008 Brioso is a well-balanced Bordeaux-style blend. It offers earthy aromas of cedar and mocha and ripe black fruit flavors with a touch of black tea and pepper. Moderate tannins provide depth and structure.

Food Pairings: Pork, lamb, quail, duck, roast squash

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