Garzon Balasto 2016 750ml
SKU: 600

Garzon Balasto 2016

  • wa90
  • ws89
  • we89


Available for:
Category Red Wine
Origin Uruguay
Brand Garzon
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
"The first impression here delivers lots of citrus and orange rind. Then blueberries, licorice, forest floor, underbrush and dark chocolate come into the picture as well as tile and clay. The palate shows a unique combination of agile blue fruit and acid drive with firm, grainy tannins and a chewy, very mineral finish. A blend of 45% tannat, 25% cabernet franc, 18% petit verdot and 12% marselan. Drink in 2021." James Suckling 94 points Drink 202430
Wine Advocate
  • wa90

The 2016 Balasto is mostly a 45/25 blend of Tannat and Cabernet Franc with Petit Verdot and Marselan for the rest. It was aged for 20 months in second use, untoasted French foudres and comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This is not as big or as rich as the 2015, but it seems better balanced and more focused, if not quite as attention-getting. The restraint helps this along and makes it seem like a fine food wine. Granting that they were not tasted from the same bottle size (and are certainly not at the same stage of development), this seems to me to be slightly better than the 2015. Reasonable minds might differ. This was tasted from a half bottle, although the price references a full bottle.

Mark Squires, December 28, 2018
Wine Spectator
  • ws89

Dried raspberry and wild plum flavors lead to sanguine and hot stone notes midpalate. Cocoa powder details show on the finish. Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Marselan. Drink now through 2022. 1,150 cases made, 65 cases imported.

Kim Marcus, 2019
Wine Enthusiast
  • we89

Aromas of foxy berry fruits, wild bramble and tomato sauce lead to a palate that tips the scales in the direction of overweight. A palate with heat and sticky tannins tastes of gamy berry fruits, while this Bordeaux-style blend remains heavy on the finish, with an animal-like character. Tasted from a half bottle.

Michael Schachner, June 1, 2019

Are you 21 years old, or older?