While there are a lot of pure varietal wines that I like, some of the most exciting wines I’ve been tasting recently have been red blends. This particular one is 57% malbec, 15% merlot, 15% cabernet sauvignon, 10% syrah and 3% petit verdot.
Clos de los Siete was a project started in 1998 by Michel Rolland, who had worked as a consultant in the Argentine wine business for several years. The thought was to make European-style wines from Argentina. Rolland partnered with a number of French producers on the project. The “Siete” in the name means “seven” as in seven partners made this project.
And while the description is fascinating, we like to get straight to the point here. How’s the wine? In a word,
This wine has a nice, distinctive nose with a wonderful chocolate aroma. It also shows black currant and blackberry aromatics. The palate brings a well balanced bounty of black currant, blackberry and plum flavors up front, evolving into dark chocolate. The acidity and mouth feel are both planetary. But most importantly, this wine is just tasty!
And while the suggested retail fee is twenty bucks, I’ve seen it on sale for below $15.
Wine: Clos de los Siete
Variety: Malbec blend
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