I’ve always been a great fan of Clos de los Siete, which, for my money, represents one of the best values not just in Argentinean wines, but in red wine in general. In terms of expressiveness and reliability (it seems to run the gamut from very good to excellent, vintage after vintage), Michel Rolland’s Uco Valley project is a standout. The 2009, a blend of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot, is drinking beautifully right now, and promises to evolve nicely in the cellar for another 4 or 5 years.
Clos de los Siete 2009
Crushed black raspberries and black cherries practically melt with aromas of oregano and brambly herbs. These turn to flavors of ripe blackberries and dark cherries that are silky and luscious in texture, and finish with hints of mocha and chocolate, as well as espresso and black tea. Delicious right now, with the promise for a few more years of evolution. Hard to believe it’s available for less than $20.