2009 Clos de los Siete by Michel Rolland

Year: 2009
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 89
Red Wine
Price :
$15.95
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"Rich yet cut, with complex layers of cassis, blackberry and fig paste leading to notes of tobacco and wild herb that linger on the minerally finish. Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink now. 50,000 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 Clos de Los Siete is a nearly identical blend with the same elevage. Ripe, succulent, and impressively balanced, this outstanding value will also drink well for another 5-6 years.

Clos de Los Siete is the project of Michel Rolland and his associates." (WA)

"(a blend of 57% malbec, 15% merlot, 15% cabernet sauvignon, 10% syrah and 3% petit verdot): Bright medium ruby. Sexy, nuanced aromas of blackberry, game, chocolate, herbs and smoky oak, with suggestions of liqueur-like ripeness. Suave on entry, then dense and smooth in the middle, showing good violet lift to the intense black fruit flavors. The rising finish features tannins that are firm but not hard. As usual, this bottling offers a lot of flavor for the price. " (IWC)

"Sweet and pleasant smelling, with aromas of wild herbs, lavender and jammy black fruits. Feels chunky and solid, with a grainy, mildly tannic mouthfeel and bright raspberry, cassis and plum flavors. Stout and just rich and thick enough on the finish; Malbec with Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah and Petit Verdot."(WE)

Winery Notes:
A collaborative project by seven producers under the banner of Michel Rolland, this is a blend of composed of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. Very dark in the glass, this is not a shy wine. The dominant feature here is sweet, lush, dark fruits. The oak, which gives a spicy sheen, is very much in the background. There's some structure here, with grippy tannins hiding under the sweet fruit, and overall the wine is savory in character.