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Daniel F.
Daniel F.
2006 - Clos de Los Siete
Disappointing
Jan 13, 2009
1 star 1 star

I was very interested in trying this wine. Maybe my expectations were too high. I read Ken K's review and I disagree with his opinion. I thought that after 20 minutes of breathing it came off really sweet! My wife and I each had two glasses and the 2nd glass for me was a little more my taste.  The nose was nice, especially for a $15 bottle of wine, the color has a nice deep red but for me the flavors and varieties were a little contradictory.  Personally, I love a Malbec, I like Merlots and love my hearty Cabs and Bordeaux's. Having three out of my 4 favorite varieties I was hoping for more.

Side note: There was one glass leftover and I re-corked the bottle and finished the last glass off the next night. I will say it was much better all around the second night. If I decanted it or let it breath longer my opinion may have been different.

Mike Supple
Mike Supple
2005 - Poesia Pasodoble
Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Dark ruby core with a lighter pink rim. Sweet blackberry and cherry aromas up front are surrounded by smoke, soy sauce, dried anise and a hint of barbeque ribs. Medium bodied in the mouth with ripe fruit flavors of blueberry, black cherry and raspberry. The tannins are fairly small and ripe, making this an approachable wine that is ready to drink (but with enough oomph to last another 2 - 4 years). Nice lingering finish with a touch of Good & Plenty candy licorice.
Argentina strikes again by bringing one of the best values to the wine world. A blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon (for red fruit and structure), 33% Malbec (for spice and acidity) and 33% Syrah (for rich, dark flavors and body). All this fruit and power needs balance to keep the wine from going over the top, and the acid in the Malbec does the trick.
James W.
James W.
2003 - Mendel Unus
Interesting from Argentina
Jun 02, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
I smell pepper on the nose, but also raisin. On the palate - blueberry, blueberry, blueberry, and plum, and raisin/currant/cassis and a little cherry and more blueberry. Creamy, almost caramel. This is unlike any other wine I've had from this country. 
James W.
James W.
2005 - Lurton, J & F Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire)
Pass
May 31, 2008
1 star
This vintage was almost identical to the 2006 except that the alcohol came in and took over.  I just can't see where anyone would be able to pick up on anything but alcohol and dirt.  Pass.
James W.
James W.
2006 - Lurton, J & F Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire)
Decent
May 31, 2008
1 star 1 star
Not great, but not bad for the price.  Drink now and drink with food.  This wine has fruit buried beneath the oak and somewhat dirty flavors of leaves and twigs.  Don't buy a case - but it would work in a jam.
James W.
James W.
2003 - Achaval Ferrer Quimera
Cocoa Wine
May 31, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This vintage has beautiful cocoa that is dominating the palate, but even a little too much so. There is some strong plum and rubarb components in there, but the cocoa is still king. Should continue to change - maybe release more fruit.
James W.
James W.
2004 - Achaval Ferrer Quimera
Excellent Vintage
May 31, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I really loved this well structure Malbec from Argentina.  This producer continues to impress me with its quality wines at all price points.  The usual characters of cherry, cocoa and earth shine in this wine, but its the vanilla oak that takes main stage for me. This should last a while.
Donna N.
Donna N.
2004 - Mendel Unus
Like chocolate covered cherries
May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This big Argentinian wine blends 30% cab with the malbec for a winning combination. You start with the aroma of cherries, ripe berry fruit and roasted cocoa.  The vanilla oak notes are followed by ripe, soft tannins so it drinks well now.  Should age and hold a decade if you can wait that long.  I couldn't.  Around $30. 
Vanessa W.
Vanessa W.
2004 - Achaval Ferrer Quimera
Good Wine Nice Price
May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This almost delivers the same quality malbec that a lot of other producers bring at $45+ a bottle.  The cocoa and rich cherry and tobacco flavors shine through as a perfect example of Malbec from Argentina. 
Yuichi  S.
Yuichi S.
2006 - Lurton, J & F Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire)
May 21, 2008
1 star
drank at a party. concetrated fruit, fun wine to drink w/grilled meats.  It's about $7, and not bad, to get several and open at a  party. It's really about 1 1/2 stars.
Michael P.
Michael P.
2004 - Achaval Ferrer Quimera
The Malbec fans LOVED this
May 20, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I am not the biggest Malbec fan, but for what the wine is a great example of an Argentine Malbec, so I give it the good rating.
Vanessa W.
Vanessa W.
2005 - Norton, Bodega Privada Proprietary Red Wine
Good Table Wine
May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star
This malbec does a nice job of bringing value to the table, but doesn't deliver too much further than that.  This wine is full of meat and earth, but the cocoa that I love in Malbec is missing. 
Ken K.
Ken K.
2006 - Clos de Los Siete
Meritage with a twist
Apr 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is what tasting is about- discovering something new and surprising.  A blend of Malbec and Merlot, add a bit of Cab and Syrah.  I found out later this truned out to be a Michael Rolland effort.  Nice harmony of flavors.  Great now, not sure how this one will age, but I give credit to Rolland that he knows what he's doing.  At $15 bucks a pop, buy by the case!
Michael P.
Michael P.
2004 - Achaval Ferrer Quimera
Malbec Lovers rejoice
Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Okay so the malbec lovers were in heaven here, and being new to Argentine finer wine I can't complain. But I don't know if I would buy more, Malbec that is, but if I did, I would suggest this. Sorry if that is a bit muddled, sometimes that's the way they taste too.

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