Clos de los Siete Super Red Blend 2007
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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.
The Wine Advocate - "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."
Wine & Spirits - "Notes of black fruits, hints of tobacco and sweet spice come together in this blend of malbec, merlot, cabernet and syrah. It's juicy and round, the muscular structure holding the fruit in check. An ideal match for game. Clos de los Siete is Michel Rolland's project high up in Mendoza's Uco Valley."
Wine Enthusiast - "Clos de los Siete, the amalgmated product of Michel Rolland’s Uco Valley wine commune, is rich, round and ripe, with deep aromas and trimmings like polished oak and minerality. The wine is proper, medium to full in size, and full of blackberry, plum and cocoa. No hiccups, pure fruit and complexity make this stellar for the price."
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Clos de los Siete Winery
Michel Rolland first went to Argentina in 1988. He immediately fell in love with the country, the atmosphere there, the people, the beautiful landscape and the culture, as well as its fantastic winegrowing potential. In his frequent return trips, Michel Rolland quickly became convinced that all the conditions were right in Argentina to grow a very great wine.
After searching around for a while, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Mendoza, the last city before reaching the majestic Andes he and Jean-Michel Arcaute, a winegrower from Pomerol in the Bordeaux area, found an ideal plot of land at an altitude of 1,100 meters (3,600 feet). There were more than 800 magnificent hectares (nearly 2,000 acres) uniquely exposed with soils made up of pebbles, clay and sand in which sparse semi-desert vegetation grew with here and there enormous boulders that have lain there since prehistoric times. The story of the Clos was about to begin.
The two originators were joined by friends, also winegrowers, passionate about wine and curious about this country at the other side of the world.
They adopted a unique, inventive concept and took up the enormous challenge of contributing together to producing one single wine under Michel Rolland’s supervision. Four bodegas were then built. A part of the production of each is used to make and blend the shared wine “Clos de los Siete”. The rest goes into the wines of their own respective ranges: Monteviejo, Cuvelier los Andes, DiamAndes and Bodega Rolland. View all Clos de los Siete Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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9 ratings, 5 with reviewsAnonymous - Shreveport, LA57/20/2016Retirednut - Shallotte, NC11/10/2011Lynn Looby - Newtown Square, PA39/23/2010412/16/2011Feng - Washington, DC44/28/2010Not sure if it is legitimate to compare these reds, but they are some what similar. But the Clos de los Siete Super Red Blend has much longer lasting note leaving more spices and fresher meaty taste contained by berries flavors. Definitely prefer this more. 90-91.44/11/2010Wonderful wine. Deep rich color in the glass, with aromas to match. Dark cherry, maybe some plum, with a strong presence in the glass. The finish had a bit of vanilla, lingers well. Very pleasant medium to full body.34/3/2010Tobacco first, black berries follow. Very good wine, I'll be buying more.rizar01 - Hightstown, NJ56/23/2010Found this wine silky smooth, while exhibing a subtle boldness. Lingers long on the palette with a taste that entices you to gently take another sip as soon as the previous one leaves your lips. In a word, this wine was "delicious". What an incredible value for the price.33/29/2010Very dark purple in the glass. Has a nice nose of dark fruit, a full body, somewhat dry with good acidity and noticeable tannins. Taste of dark fruit, vanilla, and hints of chocolate. Has a fairly long finish. Needs to breathe for 30-45 minutes at least.