José Lovaglio Balbo

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


Vaglio 2015 'Aggie' Malbec, Uco Valley Login AG 91 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 '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 2015 'Aggie' Malbec, Uco Valley
    Rating: 91 (7/6/2017)

    The darkest and most aromatic of these Vaglio wines on the nose, offering aromas of crushed blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice pastille. Plush, fine-grained wine with a captivating sugar/acid balance and plenty of texture for its 13.9% alcohol. Pungent, brambly dark fruit flavors carry through to a firmly tannic, dry, serious finish. The most perfumed and penetrating of this set of wines, conveying a cooler-climate character and finishing with fine-grained tannins and noteworthy floral lift. Very classy Argentine Malbec with a light touch.