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    Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon - Argentina, South America

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    • ST91
    • RP91
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 91 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Argentina, South America

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

    Style: Earthy & Spicy

    Alcohol By Volume: 14%

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    • 16%

    Item no. 108352

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Deep ruby color with hints of purple. Classic Cabernet aromas of rich red fruits, red pepper, plum, tobacco leaf, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of fresh mint. The aromas are echoed on the palate, with layers of fruit and spice pushing on and on. It's a full-bodied wine that has incredible length and purity of flavor—it really keeps you coming back for more. If Cabernet Sauvignon dreamed at night, this is what it would dream about! Pairs well with a wide range of foods from beef and pork to lamb, quail and other game birds, and cream-based sauces. This wine will age very well, so don't forget some bottles for the cellar too.

    Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec

    Critical Acclaim:

    Susana Balbo's 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature contains 5% Malbec. It was sourced from 31-year-old ungrafted vines and spent 15 months in 80% new French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Medium purple in color, it sports an inviting nose of pain grille, pencil lead, spice box, violets, black currant and blackberry. Medium-bodied, supple-textured, layered, and spicy on the palate, it has excellent volume, savory flavors, and impeccable balance. Give this lengthy Cabernet another 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it from 2012 to 2023.

    91 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Bright ruby-red. Blueberry, cassis, menthol and mineral aromas lifted by spices and flowers; rather Bordeaux-like. Sexy and sweet in the middle but with firm acidity keeping the blackberry, menthol and spicy oak flavors under wraps today. This juicy, firmly built wine finishes with a serious backbone of tannins and acids. Its spine and restrained aromatics suggest holding it for two or three years of further development in bottle. An impressively energetic and classy cabernet sauvignon for this moderate price. Susana Balbo works with older vines and lower yields, preferring to use a relatively warm, extractive fermentation to make wines that will age; the wines she crafts under the BenMarco label are more user-friendly and designed for earlier consumption.

    91 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    Fine Vines (4/8/2012)
    Started out of the btl showing fruit and tannins that overwhelmed, but, as it sat in the glass, really smoothed out and flavorful.
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    hypemnd (4/7/2011)

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