2016 Crios Torrontes

Luscious peachy, apricot and tropical fruit aroma, but the wine is dry with a touch of peach on the end-palate. Acidity and minerality intertwined with a whisper of rose. A lively citric finish completes this wine. Pairs with a wide variety of light, salty and piquant foods. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED — BSE

WHO: Susana Balbo
WHAT: 100% Torrontés
WHERE: Salta and Uco Valley, Argentina
HOW MUCH: $13 (media sample)

2015 Crios Cabernet Sauvignon

Like Susana Balbo’s other wines, this wine is beautifully balanced — which is especially welcome because the wine is unpretentious and quite reasonably priced. It begins with a warm, red-currant aroma with baking spices. More red currants flow on the palate, with red plums and spices (from 9 months in French oak) toward the end. A dry wine, though, and a dry finish with light, nicely integrated tannins and acidity. The label notes say to pair it with chili, which we happened to be making that night: they were right! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED — BSE

WHO: Susana Balbo
WHAT: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
WHERE: Luán de Cuyo, Argentina
HOW MUCH: about $12 (media sample)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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