Dr. Vino — The Real Wine World, Susana Balbo, winemaker in Mendoza


Susana Balbo, making wine in Mendoza

It was 25 degrees (-6C) in Mendoza on the morning I spoke Susana Balbo last week. Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, scattered workers were in the vineyard pruning the vines down to stumps but the winery itself was in its annual hibernation as the grapes were harvested two months ago and the wines were quietly fermenting.

And a review of the Malbec (not my review yet)

  6/10/05 This has a deep dark color and a beautiful lift to the nose with an amalgam of aromas, starting with floral overtures of violets, sweet earth and a peppery spice element flowing into blackberry, currant and mulberry fruit aromatically. The intrigue of the nose carries over into palate; fuller bodied, juicy with a fleshy, broad texture that finishes dry – a great combo, with ultra-ripe, tannins, seamless, with blackberry and dark currant flavors and a touch of spice and vanilla surfacing on the finish. Quite polished this has a vibrant fruit base with ample oak that is easily absorbed into the fruit. Maybe not made for the long haul, this is very approachable now and should drink great over the next 4-5 years with ease. This is a really nice wine that is so easy to like for its accessibility, fleshy texture and excellent fruit base.
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