If a Chilean Malbec and an Oregon Pinot Noir had a baby this would be it. Cool nutty pit fruit notes. The incongruity of almond and plum work delightfully together. To this I would never say no. — 3 days ago
Beautiful blend of 35% Semillón, 35% Sauvignon Blanc, and 30% Torrontés expressing fresh, tangy grapefruit combined with the right amount of minerality and subtle stony edge. GREAT! — 2 months ago
Deep garnet. Yeasty plum, oak fragrance with a hint of saddle. Liquid suede mouthfeel. Black cherry, toasted oak, supple and lengthy tannins. Smooth finish with smoky vanilla notes. Went with our California style vegan burritos so well! (Fried papas and fajita veggies, avocado, and olive oil flour tortillas.) For $7.99 at Trader Joe’s, the value can’t be beat! — 3 months ago
Malbec (75%) and Cabernet Franc (25%) mix, opens well with deep aromatic flavor. — a month ago
The Silkiest Risotto and a TBone... This wine was delicious — 2 months ago
Purchased at Sprouts. Good Malbec. — 3 months ago
Wow...lovely cab!! All flavors are soft and subtle with great length. Could pair with almost anything. We enjoyed with pork tenderloin and it was delicious! Very easy to drink!! Buying again!! — 22 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. — 2 months ago
Light and acidic. Good — 3 months ago