Crios Cabernet 2008
Intense, dark ruby color with enticing aromas of ripe, black plums and black currants. The richly textured plum and currant flavors are joined by accents of dark chocolate and some vanilla-scented oak. The ripe, vibrant tannins give the wine beautiful structure and an amazingly long finish. This is a big wine for just a little money. Drink it now or over the next few years to enjoy the fruit flavors at their best. It will pair well with traditional Cabernet-friendly foods like grilled or roasted meats.
Aromas of black fruit and coconut. Dark color and medium bodied. Tastes of cherry and blackberry and not overly complex. Decent wine to have around.
Beautiful black fruit and solid structure in this unfiltered, high-altitude grown Mendoza Cabernet. The time maturing in French and American oaks served to contribute some spice and low volume (thank goodness) hints of vanilla. Sophisticated, textbook, highly un-New Worldly style of Cabernet. Susana crafts these young wines consistently well, so I highly recommend any of the Crios wines that you can find, with my favorites being the Torrontes, Syrah-Bonarda and this one.
Deep purplish color with chocolaty aroma and strong grape / dark fruit notes. I tasted this alongside two (slightly higher priced) Napa cabernets, and the difference in quality was overwhelming. This had a much heavier body and the finish was swift, aggressive and tannic in comparison. However, it did open up a bit after about 15 minutes in the glass, and the finish became smoother. Probably won't buy again.
External Reviews for Crios Cabernet
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep crimson colored, it has an excellent bouquet of cedar, spice box, cassis, and black currants. This leads to a medium-bodied wine with a smooth texture, intense dark fruit flavors, and excellent depth. There is enough silky tannin to support 2ndash;3 years of bottle age although it can be enjoyed now. Although Susana Balbosrsquo;s Crios offerings are the declassified lots from her more expensive ldquo;signaturerdquo; wines, they need make no apologies. They rank among the best values from my Argentina wine tastings.
Bright red-ruby. Black raspberry, musky espresso and bitter chocolate. A step up in intensity and grip from the bonarda-syrah blend, but in a distinctly structured style, even a bit tough for a young cabernet in this price range. With its solid tannic spine and finishing spice, this is not at all a tutti-frutti style of cabernet.
Good deep red. Black cherry, blackberry, licorice, pepper and graphite on the nose. Good lift and intensity to the black fruit flavors; I find this more precise and lively than the 2007 bottling. Finishes with firm but ripe tannins that showed a slight dryness with air.
Very good deep red. Plum, dark berries and smoked meat on the nose. Rich, fat and sweet, with modest complexity to its plum and mocha flavors. Finishes with broad, building tannins and good length. A bit half-hearted in its projection of varietal character, but this is sweeter and fresher than the 2005 version of Crios cabernet.
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon spent 9 months in one-year-old French and American oak and was bottled without fining or filtration. Purple-colored, it reveals an expressive perfume of cedar, spice box, black currant and black raspberry. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with lots of savory black fruit, enough structure to evolve for 1ndash;2 years, excellent balance, and a long, fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next 3ndash;4 years.
Susana Balbo is very high on Mendozarsquo;s 2009 vintage, calling it a ldquo;fantastic year.rdquo; The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon spent 5 months in seasoned French and American oak. It is purple-colored with a classy nose of cigar box, cassis, black currant, and violets. Medium-to full bodied, it has excellent depth, savory flavors, ripe tannin for balance, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for 1ndash;2 years but can be enjoyed now and over the next 4ndash;5 years.
Bright red-ruby. Aromas and flavors of ripe currant, leather, smoke, bakerrsquo;s chocolate and dried herbs. Smooth, lush and ripe; a satisfying, seamless cabernet with fine-grained dusty tannins and nice length. This punches above its weight class.