A very refined, creamy wine, showing blackberries and blueberries with chocolate and light hazelnut notes. Medium to full body. The fine tannins are polished and creamy and the beautiful, reserved finish goes on for a really long time. Wow! Best ever, because of its length and beauty. One for the palate or the cellar. Drink or hold.
Remarkable intensity of black fruit, spice and mocha, this elegant, single-vineyard Malbec-based blend by noted Bordeaux-based consultant Michel Rolland showcases integrated tannins, a round texture and persistent freshness. High-elevation vineyards (more than 1,100m), and notable diurnal temperature swings add to the concentration, aromatic lift and lively acidity. ('Decanter’s selection of top K&L Wines to try')
There was a little more ripeness and concentration in the 2017 Clos de Los Siete, a harmonious and nicely crafted blend of 52% Malbec, 21% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. When tasted next to the 2016, this came through as more powerful, and many might prefer it, but I found better quality of tannins in the 2016, as this felt a little harsh in comparison, but nothing that one more year in bottle and/or powerful food couldn't fix. 790,000 bottles produced. (LG)
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