Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rosés : Crios Rosé of Malbec 2012

 Dominio del Plata S.A. (Susanna Balbo), Mendoza, Argentina   
  Grapes:  100% Malbec

Dominio del Plata is famed Argentine winemaker Susana Balbo’s own winery and the culmination of her life’s dedication to this field. Having worked at Catena Zapata under Nicolas Catena, she has also served as an international winery consultant all over the world. It only stands to reason that she would include in her portfolio a Rosé of Malbec, Argentina’s national grape.
Famed Winemaker Susana Balbo
This Rosé is made by bleeding off lighter colored red grape juice, a technique known as the “saigné” method, from a vat where crushed red grapes are starting to impart flavor, color, and tannins to the juice. This produces a batch of run off juice that is to be turned into Rosé instead of the red wine it would otherwise become. Two factors make the resulting wine as dark as it is: the deep color of Malbec grapes increases the depth of color, and the vines themselves are 32 years old, giving the grapes more concentration and deeper color as well.
The Mendoza Region Hugs the Andes Mountains
Marc's Tasting Notes:
A clean reddish pink in the glass, this wine presents a nose of maraschino cherry and ripe strawberry. A taste brings a fruit forward experience, with cherry, watermelon rind, and hints of light herbs intermingling on the palate. The finish is medium and quite fruity. This wine represents a style of Rosé making that extracts more fruit and more tannins than the press method. It shows in the finished wine, both in its color, and in the more assertive berry flavors. This vintage in particular is very well made, smooth and opulent without losing its beauty. Consider this with your next summer barbecue.
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 -- Marc Soucy, FWS CSW 

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