The 2005 Clos de los Siete is composed of 40% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 20% Syrah. Two-thirds of the wine was aged in 100% new French oak, the balance in tank, and was bottled without fining or filtration. Inky purple-colored, the wine has an expressive bouquet of smoky oak, spice box, tobacco, blueberry, black cherry, and black currant. Medium to full-bodied, the wine has layers of ripe, spicy black fruits, light tannin, excellent balance, and a long, fruit-filled finish. It will benefit from 2-3 years in the cellar but can be enjoyed now. It is an outstanding value and there should be no shortage of wine.
Clos de los Siete is a project of Michel Rolland. The vineyard, located about 60 miles south of Mendoza at about 3000 feet of elevation, has 300 acres in production with another 875 planted.
WA 92pts 2006