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2019 Susana Balbo Signature Rosé

a bottle of wine on a table

March 28, 2023

When I talk about winemakers from Argentina, Susana Balbo is always one of the fist.  Her story is unique (for a bit more about her story click here) and her wines have a special place at El Viñedo Local.  When we first opened in March of 2021, we started with a list of about 20 wines and only a few rosé wines.  When we first tried this elegant rosé we felt it had the charm of a wine from Provence, but with its own character.  It quickly became a guest favorite and has been on our list ever since.  It is a shame that time got away from me and I haven't written about it until now.

A blend of Argentinian malbec and pinot noir this wine has a lovely clear salmon color in the glass.  The nose offers hints of strawberry, and a bit of peach.  I also pick up a slight floral character and maybe a hint of baking spice.

On the palate this medium bodied rose reveals a punch of strawberry that gives ways to peach and a hint of grapefruit.   It has an elegance in the glass and a wonderful mouthfeel.  Chilled to 40 degrees, it is the perfect match for a warm Atlanta spring or summer day on the patio.

This wine pairs well with much of Chef Bruno's menu, but a few of my favorite pairings are with Ceviche de Camaron con Chifles, the Choripan Sanguche, or the Ensalada Gaucha.

Producer: Susana Balbo Wines

Region: Uco Valley, Argentina

Grapes: Pinot Noir, Malbec

Vintage: 2019

Alcohol 13%

Why we selected this wine:  An elegant, Provence style rosé from a wonderful producer.  The bottle is pretty cool too!