Odd Blend

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Bin Ends Wine in order to participate in the Wines of Argentina Twitter Taste Live.

Perhaps this is a common blend in Argentina. I don’t really know. But it was a bit odd to me, especially given the common flavor profiles of the Bonarda and Syrah Grapes. Up 2nd to last at the last Wines of Argentina Twitter Taste Live was the 2007 Crios Susana Balbo Syrah Bonarda. It’s a 50/50 blend of each grape.  The wine had a screw cap closure, clocked in at 14% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $14.

On the nose I found graphite, red berries, rare meat, then grilled meat, black cherry, black fruit, black plum, currants, red currants, a little earthy/leathery thing going on, and some spice. It was quite the nose and I think the Syrah most definitely dominated since my other two Bonarda experiences gave me some grapey and spicey notes and not much else.  In the mouth I got bitter chocolate, bitter espresso, a little grapeyness, currants, black plums, dark fruit.  Overall I found the wine to b very dark and a little astringent.

One Response

  1. I think I had a different vintage of this wine than the 2007. I really enjoyed it, whatever the year was, but then I rarely find fault with anything Susana Balbo makes.

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