José Lovaglio Balbo

Country of Origin: Argentina
Location: Tupungato, Uco Valley
People: José Lovaglio Balbo, Owner & Winemaker


Vaglio 2014 'Aggie' Malbec, Uco Valley Login AG 91 DEC 93 WA 90 W&S 92 In Stock
Vaglio 2014 'Temple' Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo (Anchoris) Login AG 88+ WA 89 In Stock

Vaglio is a new micro-winery located in Tupungato created by José Lovaglio Balbo. He produces four single vineyard wines that all focus on micro-climates and minimal winemaking. José is a young winemaker at Dominio del Plata and the son of Susanna Balbo. Each of his wines represent a unique terroir as well as different stages of his life, which is reflected in the illustrations on the labels, from being born in Salta and growing up in Mendoza, to studying at UC Davis in California and learning Chinese in Shanghai.

Media Links
The Drinks Business: Balbo's Son Shining a Light on Soil Types
Wine Spectator: In Mom's Footsteps

Social Media Links
Twitter: @joselovaglio
Jose Lovaglio Balbo Facebook


  • Vaglio 2014 'Temple' Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo (Anchoris)
    Rating: 88+ (3/1/2016)

    (from an 80-year-old vineyard on loamy soil in Anchoris, to the east of Uco Valley): Bright red-ruby. Aromas of blackberry and black cherry with hints of tobacco and oak char (Lovaglio uses toastier oak than his mother Susana Balbo does). Juicy, suave and fine-grained, showing an attractive restrained sweetness to the blackberry and licorice flavors. The savory finish features dusty tannins and good length. Not yet generous or fleshy, this Malbec needs a bit of time to open.
  • Vaglio 2014 'Aggie' Malbec, Uco Valley
    Rating: 91 (3/1/2016)

    (from a stony riverbed vineyard south of Gualtallary): Purple-ruby color. Pungent chalky energy to the aromas of blackberry, licorice and crushed stone. Very suave, seamless, calcaire-influenced wine with blackberry, licorice and violet flavors complemented by smoky, soil-driven complexity. Terrific inner-mouth floral lift here, as well as an impression of black-peppery acidity. The fruit blows past the firm tannins on the very long finish. This should evolve gracefully.
  • Vaglio 2014 'Aggie' Malbec, Uco Valley
    Rating: 93 (8/1/2016)

    Filled with violet tones and cherry aromas, this is a clear picture of Gualtallary Malbec, with its firm tannins, well-balanced acidity, good grip and profound, refreshing red fruit flavors. Everything is there to enjoy with meat and empanadas.
  • Vaglio 2014 'Temple' Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo (Anchoris)
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (12/30/2016)

    The 2014 Temple is produced with fruit from a very old Malbec vineyard in Anchoris, in Tupungato in the Valle de Uco as you drive for Luján. It's aromatic and perfumed, with tons of aromatic herbs, mostly thyme, and with a core of perfectly ripe fruit without any heat. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and nice balance.
  • Vaglio 2014 'Aggie' Malbec, Uco Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (12/30/2016)

    The pure Malbec 2014 Aggie is sourced from the south of Gualtallary in the Valle de Uco. It is the most aromatic and perfumed wine from the classical Vaglio range, showing the telltale chalky tannins from the place and keeping good freshness and balance. 6,000 bottles produced.
  • Vaglio 2014 'Aggie' Malbec, Uco Valley
    Wine & Spirits
    Rating: 92 (2/1/2017)

    (Year's Best Argentine Malbecs) José Vaglio, son of famed winemaker Susana Balbo, recently launched his own project, blending wines from grapes he sources from different areas in Argentina. Aggie, from the stony, chalky soils of Gualtallary, is ample and round, with a tea-like note to its sweet red-fruit flavors. It feels creamy, with tannins as soft as velvet and a spicy finish. Ready now for sirloin.