Friday, April 12, 2013

Clos de los Siete from Michael Rolland in Mendoza, Argentina

Argentina is definitely on my list of places to travel.  I have heard so many great things about this country and I've always been a fan of Argentinian wines.  You can get such great wines for a great value.  Below I wrote some notes from my bottle of Clos de los Siete that I opened.  It was a little older in age, but still in good shape.  Let me know your experiences with Argentina or your thoughts on this wine in particular if you have tried it before.

Wine Tasting Info
Vintage: 2005
Producer: Michel Rolland
Varietal: 50% Malbec, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon10% Syrah
Location: Mendoza, Argentina (town of Tunuyan)
Alcohol: 15%

This wine is a combination of seven vineyards that lies in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, south of Mendoza, Argentina, hence the name "Clos de los Siete". The Tunuyan river flows through the valley down from the Andes Mountains providing the main source for irrigation. The vineyards are situated on high elevations with a long growing season with many warm, sunny days with little rain and cool nights.

Michael Rolland is a famous French wine consultant that joined forces with six other winemakers in the Vista Flores area of the Uco Valley producing this French-style bordeaux blend. 

This is a heavy, fuller bodied red with dark fruits and good tannins. The acidity is still present and balanced in the wine at this stage. Due to the higher alcohol in this wine you will get a sense of heat from this high alcohol content. The wine would benefit from some decanting before drinking to smooth out the wine a little before consuming. In the glass the wine has deep purple hues.