Mendoza, Cuyo

Dominio del Plata (Susana Balbo)

Susana Balbo Brioso Single Vineyard Mendoza Red Blend 2013

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. Decanted about 2hrs.

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. I think this has years to go, my guess is this is peaking around 2022-2025.

24hr Update: Alcohol on the nose has dissipated, palate is a little muted today, but still can identify the same traits as yesterday.
— 2 days ago

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Viña Cobos

Marchiori Vineyard Bramare Chardonnay 2014

Terrible photo for what was a really nice wine. Would have guessed Napa as it really didn’t exhibit the earthiness so typical of Argentinian Cabs. Pleasant on PNP though annoying served at room temp despite 400% markup here in NYC. — 8 days ago

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Bodega Norton

Reserva Mendoza Malbec 2015

Costco, $11

Beautiful dark ruby color with tons of fruit/jammy flavors. A bit acidic, but still quite smooth. I love how flavorful it is, wish it was just a tad less acidic, but still really good.
— 6 days ago

Bodega Catena Zapata

Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2005

Shay A
9.4

Best Malbec I’ve ever had. Everything about this epitomizes Malbec. Inky and dark even at 13yrs old! Clove, menthol, black licorice, cocoa dusted bay leaf, and even some blackberry pie. Very pure. Awesome bottle. — 4 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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@Shay A In my pre-Delectable posting days, we've had this bottle (Lote 3 version), 2002 with close to the same bottle age as your bottle, good stuff.
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Full throttled. THIS is S American Malbec. Purple and thick black fruit notes. Muddy. Compared to the other two SVD malbecs that I had from this year, I think this one outdid the others quite easily. I don't think I was expecting this one to show as well as it did. A couple of friends, one who really likes Malbec showed up a couple of hours after most of everyone else and figured I would open up a 'decent' Malbec for him.... Boy was I surprised! Yet I feel that, even at 13 years post vintage this one is still developing and could probably go another five to seven years without really even thinking about it. Completely blown away.
9.5

Antigal Winery & Estates

UNO Mendoza Malbec 2014

Excellent Malbec! Seems to be a decent seller at 2 of the wine stores I shop at....will buy again. A little pricey at $18, but it's got the level of character and flavor for the money. — 12 days ago

Viña Cobos

Bramare Los Arbolitos Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

The South American varietals are always a bit on the sweet side for me but this one has tons of flavor. Very easy. — 2 days ago

Cheval des Andes

Mendoza Malbec Blend 2014

feral & green, botanicals, dark fruits, figs & dates, Christmas cake nose ~ starts similarly as syrup yet finishes lightly — 4 days ago

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Great wines!

Bodega Catena Zapata

Catena Alta Historic Rows Malbec 2014

Plush dark fruits and mocha ☕️ Tannin is well integrated. Very soft and multi dimensional. — 2 days ago

Mike, Hermes and 4 others liked this

Terrazas de Los Andes

Cheval des Andes Mendoza Malbec Blend 2013

A go to when buying off a restaurant wine list. — 4 days ago

Phil, Sharon and 16 others liked this

Hacienda Los Haroldos

Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

John T
9.2

This is a remarkable and drinkable value. The Malbec is full bodied and smooth. Went well with my caprese. I will order s case at $13.99 a bottle. — 3 days ago