Friday, October 07, 2005

2003 Crios de Susana Balbo 50% Syrah / 50%Bonarda (Mendoza, Argentina)

Deep purple-ruby color. Unusual but not necessarily unpleasant nose of grapes, cassis, Tums (yes, Tums -- it took me a while to place this component), and lead. Simple, kinky fruit flavors, youthful and rich mouthfeel. Some lighly chalky tannin in the finish. I can't see this weird aroma/flavor profile dissipating with age, but, if you're not wedded to classic flavor ranges, it's not bad. Parker rated this an 88, I think, but, unfortunately, I can't get past the Tums thing. 79. About $11 at Cost Plus on Richmond/610.

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