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2017 Susana Balbo "Crios" Malbec Mendoza SKU #1460734

Price: $9.99

DC 93 JS 90 RP 90
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K&L Notes

Crios means offspring (as in children). Susana selected a word to express the notion that these are wines that haven't quite "grown up" to the same level of maturity as her more expensive Susana Balbo signature label wines, but they receive the same loving care and attention throughout the winemaking process. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact. The three hands represent Susana and her two children.

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  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Dark cherry fruits backed with a little oak and spice. The Crios has been a go-to Malbec for what seems to be forever! Built like an easy-drinking Cabernet with dark and rich red fruits, just a little Argentine spice, earth, easy tannins, and a clean finish. This is an uncomplicated delicious wine. A wine for all occasions, but right now I am thinking about drinking this with take-out Kebabs.
  • Will Blakely
    By: Will Blakely
    K&L Staff Member
    Few things satisfy like a juicy, well-made Malbec. Susana Balbo has been one of the most celebrated winemakers in Argentina for some time, and bottles like this spread word of her legendary skills far and wide. How can something so cheap be so tasty?? With superb balance, it gracefully delivers dark, brambly fruits and just enough flowers and herbs to lift the profile. Unmistakable quality and an uncanny value, this is one you should pick up by the case.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Always a favorite in my weeknight red wine line-up, the Crios has delivered consistency and quality for the decade plus that I have been buying and enjoying this wine. Pure Malbec joy with its black raspberry fruit, chocolatey tones and supple and smooth finish. A must for my Taco Tuesday!
  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    K&L Staff Member
    Dark plum skin, white plum flesh, and pink pepper all over over vanilla, cloves, and lasting cream and coffee. Susan Balbo is an elite winemaker and these wines showcase that pedigree despite their entry-level price points. An excellent match for BBQ, Lamb or mushroom heavy dishes.


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