Back at the desk; Clos de los Siete 2013

Well, I’m back at the desk having returned from a couple of weeks abroad in British Columbia in Canada.  It was not a wine trip, but naturally I could not help wanting to look in on some of the wines of this remarkable continent, north and south.  I’ve written on these pages previously in praise of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, and my high level observation remains that these wines continue to surprise with their quality and value.  I also stumbled across more diversity in styles from Mendoza in Argentina, with some wines missing the mark through undue austerity (chasing the trend?) or simplicity, while others seemed to have reached a new level of refinement.

The first wine is the 2013 vintage of Clos de Los Siete from Mendoza.  I did not record proportions and their website is silent on this current release, but I expect it is a malbec dominant blend, seasoned with merlot, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and petit verdot.  In other words, a Bordeaux blend in concept applied to what suits Mendoza.  Smart really.  In the glass, the 2013 vintage presents in a very classical style – a claret like wine, with a medium bodied expression.  The palate is nuanced by cherry flavours and some grip.  A yes from me.  (Region: Mendoza, Argentina, Rating: Good to Very Good, Drink: now to 2023)

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Good to Very Good

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