I’ve had this one before and it can be a little inconsistent. Some years it’s fabulous, some years not so much. The 2002 was stellar. 2003 was not great. This year it is a blend of 57% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 3% Petit Verdot. Not sure if the blend varies year to year or not. Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet this is a deep rich wine with each of the grapes adding to the mix. The dominant flavor is one of black berries coming from the Malbec and the Syrah. On the finish the wine has some lovely velvety tannins along with some nice pepper and spicy notes. The wine is medium in length. The complexity on this wine is quite nice. I would give it a 90 or so. Yumm. This wine in the past has kept well, Jay Miller says 5-6 years. I have no problem believing that. I will go back and grab a few for the cellar. The price has come down. It was $24.95 in 2003. Extra bonus!
From the LCBO web site:
CLOS DE LOS SIETE 2009 VINTAGES 622571 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 21.95
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina By: Dourthe Freres
Release Date: Oct 27, 2012
14.5% Alcohol/Vol.Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry
Michel Rolland’s much-lauded project in Argentina delivers another winning wine, this one a blend built around the Malbec grape. Enjoy with grilled lamb chops or liver and onions.
Ripe, succulent, and impressively balanced, this outstanding value will also drink well for another 5-6 years. Score – 90. (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com, Dec. 2011)