Malbec (75%) and Cabernet Franc (25%) mix, opens well with deep aromatic flavor. — 3 days ago
Aromático, con personalidad y con un toque de chocolate — 25 days ago
Another outstanding effort. All the layers and flavors. — 18 hours ago
Waxes, hints of pineapple, lemmon, subtle oak spices. Complex, ample body and acid and integrated oak. Good length. — 13 days ago
Balanced, nuance, structured red. Red fruit, fresh and dried herbs, floral notes and roasted meat. — 4 months ago
Dark red, subtle intensity with dark ripe plum, cocoa and coffee. Enjoyed every drop of this wine. Paired well with tapas.
Happy. — 10 days ago
For 10 bucks?! Are ya kidding? Great swill for that price or more. Found at Bar & Garden (DTX) so you know it’s also organic. — 20 days ago
No new-ish notes tonight, except that at ~2 years since our prior bottle, the alcohol heat has considerably subsided, also chocolate+fig+cigar box now in the nose. Decanted 3h.
Paired to Allen Bros. tenderloin tails, grilled to a beautiful 130°F (55°C), smashed new potatoes from our garden and local, mid-season sweet corn (it's the best time of the year to enjoy corn).
I now suggest this wine (2013) can hold, in proper storage, until 2028-33 until a very good drinking window.
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc & 5% Petit Verdot
Color is deep plum, like totally opaque, but a beautiful semi-translucent blackberry color at the edge of the glass.
Nose is liquor of cassis, some noticable heat from the alcohol (14.5%), plum juice, light oak.
Palate is very smooth, dusty plum, blackberry, blueberry skin, mocha, coffee bean; tannins are still grippy, finish is about 45s.
Generally a very nice bottle, we bought this in March '18, just getting to it tonight finally. Very impressed by this effort, light years ahead of the entry level Balbo wines. We only ever came across this once, $35 was a solid buy, and hands down my favorite Balbo wine to date. — a month ago