Sunday, February 15, 2009

Clos de los Siete 2007

  • Area: Argentina, Mendoza
  • Grape: 48% Malbec, 28% Merlot, 12% Syrah, 12% Cab Sauv.
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Rating: Black 87 Dilettante 92 Nwjr 90
Description: Aged for 11 months, 2/3 in new French oak with the balance in vat. Bottled without fining or filtration. Dark opaque purple it clings to the glass. Rich, complex aromas of dark fruit, olive, menthol, cherry and blueberry. The attack is fruity- sweet and feels like plush velour in the mouth. Full flavors of sweet ripe fruit, toasty oak, rich dirt, cocoa, violets, cherry, black olives, blackberry and a touch of crisp minerality. The outstanding finish is bone-dry with flavors of ripe fruits, olives, warm clay and a hint of dill. Wonderfully complex from start to finish. Decanting is not required although it gains balance with some air. Black said, "this demands respect." Nwjr said, "delightfully schizophrenic." I agree with both statements and will buy this beauty again -- if the store has any left.

Price: $15

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