Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Clos de los Siete 2006 - Michel Rolland (Argentina)

If ever a wine was perfect for a meal this was the wine and steak and potatoes was the meal ... Seems like a simple meal to pair, but the wine found a harmony with what was on the plate.  The nose was leathery, spicy with cassis and blackberry notes ... the palate overwhelmed at first but then toned itself back (within 15 minutes) and began offering up exactly what was needed.  Started with a big spice and hits of pepper but then turned into a lovely smooth wine that brought out the dark fruit and cocoa all lined with just the right amount of spice ... this was a very enjoyable wine with great flavours.  Through all the bad publicity he gets Michel Rolland seems to know what he is doing.  I also see I have a bottle of the 2003 vintage of this wine, I'll have to try it in the next few weeks to see if it too has got the stuffing or if it's falling apart.  For now, this 2006 is the bomb - a great wine that has hit it's stride for a big meaty meal.

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