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Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 7.21.19 PMWho doesn’t like a Malbec and a good deal? The 2013 Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec was the entry bottle on a deal from Underground Cellar. Right now, it seems like their website is down, but when it comes back up I will confirm it. But Malbecs are known to be delicious and affordable and this one is.

According to Wine.com the tasting notes:

The wine has a beautiful reddish/purple color as most good Malbecs do. The aromas are a mix of freshly crushed black cherries and toasty/smoky oak—just enough to frame the exuberant fruit. On the palate, the flavors of cherries and spice are obvious, and the jammy fruit quality just keeps coming on strong, with hints of spice and sandalwood lurking in the background.

So basically your typical Malbec. It is also states the other vintages have been given grades in the high 80’s and even got a 90. So how was it?

Color – Almost so dark that you would think it is inky but it is not.

Nose – Black cherries with freshly made leather, and mocha.

Taste – Dried black cherries with a little bit of cranberry. I didn’t get the other things they mentioned above.

Finish – Medium acid but long finish.

Overall, this was actually kind of a subdued Malbec. It wasn’t bright with fruit but I liked that. I wanted this to mean that it would be more complex but it wasn’t. Still for the money this is a good Malbec for everyday drinking.

Rating: B

~Justin