Province: MendozaSusana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Grapes: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec
Aging: 13 months in French oak (80% new, 20% second use)
There may only be 10% malbec in this blend, but the purple tinge is noticeable from the first moment in the glass. A perfumed nose is next, with hints of cigar box along the edges. Then come the flavors: black currant jam with a few more vegetal notes thrown in – hello, red bell pepper – culminating in an espresso with a shot of vanilla. New World enjoyment in a bottle.