Tasting Notes/Food Pairing Suggestions Deep, brooding and intense garnet color with deep aromas of black currants framed by light French oak. Big, lush and concentrated with a core of red and black currant fruit. It has a range of layered flavors including dark chocolate, tobacco and cedar leading into a long finish. Big and refined all at the same time. It will drink well now with a nice meal, but should improve over the next 5 years. Pairs well with beef, pork, lamb, squab, quail and duck.
92 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, 2008
"The limited production (600 6-packs) 2006 Brioso is composed of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 8% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. It was sourced from ungrafted vines with an average age of 27 years and aged for 14 months in 100% new French oak. Purple-colored, it has a fragrant nose of pain grille, mineral, earth notes, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. Surprisingly elegant for its size, on the palate it reveals notes of chocolate, tobacco, and leather in addition to layers of rich black fruits. It should evolve effortlessly for several years and be at its best from 2012 to 2026. Susana Balbo is one of Argentina's most respected as well as renowned winemakers."
90 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009
"Bright red-ruby. Musky dark fruits, graphite, licorice, cedary oak and a whiff of earth on the nose. Dense and serious, with sweet currant, graphite and cedary oak flavors complicated by a saline soil character and a whiff of musky reduction. Dry, broad and lush on the back end; coats the palate without leaving behind any undue impression of weight. The ripe tannins build, suggesting that this should improve in bottle over the next several years."
90 Points, Wine Spectator, 2008
"Lush and forward, with velvety texture and inviting notes of warm figs, crushed plums, dark cocoa and melted licorice. Very rounded on the finish, but with good drive and length thanks to an underlying briary edge. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot."
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