Dominio del Plata Crios de Susana Balbo Limited Edition Red Blend, Mendoza, Argentina, 2015
Overview of the Wine
Founded in 1999 by Argentina's first female winemaker, Susana Balbo, Dominio del Plata has grown in national and international markets and is known for the variety of wines it produces. Located in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza, Dominio del Plata produces four lines of high-end wines: Crios, Benmarco, Susan Balbo and Nosotros. Today the Dominio del Plata team also includes Susana's two children, José and Ana.
Before founding Dominio del Plata Susana spent 20 years working as a consultant winemaker in Argentina and all over the world. Her first winery job was in the province of Salta in the north of Argentina where the varietal Torrontes flourishes. Susana was put in charge of working with Torrontes and is credited by some for perfecting a certain style that showcases a floral nose with ripe citrus flavors.
In addition to its Torrontes, Dominio del Plata's Malbec, Chardonnay, and high-end blends have earned accolades from wine critics around the world. The Benmarco Expresivo is a Mendoza style blend that earned 92 points from Robert Parker for the 2009 vintage.
Grape / Blend
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Tannat
Deep ruby color. Intense and complex nose where the typical aromas of each variety are nicely combined to show their best expression: blackberries coming from Malbec, freshly crushed cherries from the Cabernet Sauvignon, ripe black fruits from the Tannat, bell pepper from the Cabernet Franc, and truffles from Merlot. Aged for 8 months in French oak, 20% new and 80% second-use.
91 - James Suckling
"Delicious young wine with light spice, walnut and chocolate character. Hints of ripe fruit. Medium body, fine tannins, and a clean finish. New wave Argentine wine"