Clos de Los Siete 2007
Wow, what a great bargain this wine is at under $15. Needs some air to find itself but when it does it's very enjoyable.
I am not quite so aware of the political implications of a Parker-Rolland relationship, but the wine is fair grog for the price - especially if you seek a French rendering of Mendoza grapes. The nose is an interesting melange of cola, plum, mushroom and red fruit leather; the palate is just a bit less satisfying, but the decent fruit counteracts the leathery tannin. Still, a very good value; a balanced and sensible wine. 87 pts.
Clos des los Siete refers to the seven owners who joint-own the Mendoza (or just south of), Argentina operation. Here’s a GREAT read about the operation: http://www.vinography.com/archives/2007/01/the_wines_of_clos_de_los_siete.html The 2007 Clos de los Siete is a blend of 48% Malbec, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Syrah. PART I: I’ve split this review into two parts: The first, as you read here, reflects the first day of tasting this wine, after a twenty minute decant. Even after so, the wine was wound so tight it was tough to approach with even the fattiest of food pairings. So, I sealed up the bottle, and let it sit out over night, to be tasted again the following day, hoping that a night spent in the bottle would soften it up. Pairing: The ’07 Clos de los Siete, as of this tasting, is so tight and gripping that it would kill any live wild game you could serve with it. PART II: I’ve split this review into two parts: This being the second part, after the bottle had a night to sit (while sealed) in the hopes that it would unwind at least a bit- but really to little avail. I went out of my way to like this wine- to give it the benefit of the doubt. Maybe I’m just missing the boat, and maybe in ten years it will have softened to the point of being enjoyable. Perhaps it’s just not my “style” of wine, since I do favor wines that I can pair with food and the like. There’s a very good chance I’m just missing what all the hype is about concerning this wine. I understand Mr. Rolland enjoys a wealthy and healthy reputation with Mr. Parker- and I know too that he may have been on the receiving end of a bad rap from the film “Mondo Vino”, regarding his “consultations”, micro-oxygenation, et al... Truth of it is though, I have enjoyed cheaper wines that will be better in five years and are MUCH better NOW. With all the money invested in the Clos de los Siete operation I can understand why this particular wine has such an unusually powerful backing behind it... but I’m afraid to say that with all of the notes of praise swirling around in its glass- I find that very glass to be half empty and entirely over-hyped, rather than half full. It’s not a “bad” wine, but it is dramatically over-hyped, in my youthful palate’s opinion. Pairing: Live Bear? Charging wild boar? ...Stilton cheese?
Needs time to settle down, but it will be very good for the price when it does (next fall, I suspect). Plummy color. Plum, raisin, and fig flavors with licorice and plum aromas. Nicely made. Complex for the price. blend of Malbec, Merlot, Cab Sauvignon, and Syrah.
the typical semi-harsh earthiness is well balanced by the merlot used to blend this wine. very dark color and deep texture.
An unfortunate overhyped, overheated and overdone wine that could have come from anywhere. That being said, it's hardly "bad", but I would far prefer to spend a few bucks less on a half-decent Cote Du Rhone or Rioja. How sad that of all the good, soulful, interesting wines in the world, this gets so much attention.
Nice but no marvel, somehow the blend doesn't quite blend. But tasty and lively.
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There may be no finer red wine value in Argentina than this superb blend of 48% Malbec, 28% Merlot, 12% Syrah, and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is aged for 11 months, two-thirds in 100% new French oak and the balance in vat and bottled without fining or filtration. Opaque purple-colored, the wine coats the glass while offering up a superb bouquet of toasty oak, violets, mineral, black currant, blueberry, and black cherry. This is followed by a layered wine with gobs of ripe fruit, a plush texture, outstanding balance, and several years of aging potential (not that many buyers will be laying this down). This lengthy effort over-delivers and then some.
The 2007 Clos de Los Siete is a supurb blend of 48% Malbec, 28% Merlot, 12% Syrah, and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, offering a bouquet of toasty oak, violets, mineral, black currant, blueberry, and black cherry. Ripe sweet and seamless, it admirably hides the tannin under all of the fruit. It is a 90+ point wine and $17 on sale at Wines.com . This price is quite modest, as it drinks better than most $50 blends.
Opaque purple-colored, it has a similar expressive nose including fragrant plum, blueberry, and black cherry. Ripe, sweet, and seamless, it admirably hides its tannin under all the fruit. It will evolve for several years but who will have the willpower to defer gratification? It is an awesome value.
92RP: `A blend with 50% Malbec 30% Merlot 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. Opaque purplecolored it has a similar expressive nose including fragrant plum blueberry and black cherry. Ripe sweet and seamless it admirably hides its tannin under all the fruit. It will evolve for several years but who will have the will power to defer gratification?
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