2007 Clos de los Siete Mendoza
91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There may be no finer red wine value in Argentina than this superb blend of 48% Malbec, 28% Merlot, 12% Syrah, and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is aged for 11 months, two-thirds in 100% new French oak and the balance in vat and bottled without fining or filtration. Opaque purple-colored, the wine coats the glass while offering up a superb bouquet of toasty oak, violets, mineral, black currant, blueberry, and black cherry. This is followed by a layered wine with gobs of ripe fruit, a plush texture, outstanding balance, and several years of aging potential (not that many buyers will be laying this down). This lengthy effort over-delivers and then some. Located right at the foothills of the Andes in a magnificent setting, this Michel Rolland project is off to a flying start." (12/08) Wowing aromatics of pencil lead, black olive, red peppercorns are all apparent but the march is led by a sweet layer of blackberry coated in sweet roasted fennel and lavender. Full weight and full flavored this Malbec based blend is both sweet and savory at the same time. Walking a tightrope between the lush, ripeness of wild berry, cassis, milk chocolate and blueberry and the savory notes of dill, warm clay, finely ground pepper and licorice this has a little bit for everyone. Lengthy and lasting this is a great wine that will appeal to fans of Domestic Meritage, Bordeaux and yes, even fans of Argentina. Stock up you'll be sorry if you don't.