2007 Clos de los Siete (Michel Rolland) (Argentina, Mendoza) $15
Clos de los Siete really is a great wine for the money. This is a bargain blend wine of Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon: 48/28/12/12% for this vintage. If you can get for under $15 it’s a great buy, however I have seen it for $20 and over. That is not exactly priced at fair market value. Loads of earthy black currant and blackberry mingle with some leather and just enough oak to notice it in the wine and give it some additional structure and complexity.
Color: Dark purple black center, red edges
Nose: Leather, smoky black fruit some iron and loamy notes
Palate: Loads of earthy black currant and blackberry mingle with some leather and just enough oak to notice it in the wine and give it some additional structure and complexity.
2005 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County (USA, California, Sonoma County) $20
Drinking fabulously right now! Stinky and beefy at first, fleshy texture. Spicy nose and palate, even a bit of garigue, or funk if you will initially. After about a half hour the layers of dark berries, ripe strawberry and then a slightly vanilla and berry finish...yes, sounds kind of odd and maybe sweet but its really not - the acidity was very intact and quite surprising to be at such a level, fine grained and sweet tannins. Well balanced!
Color: Dark purple red core, edges were the same but lighter.
Nose: Initially a little funky with some garigue, pepper and loamy black currants.
Palate: More of the same, with a bright finish of red fruit acidity. Fine and ripe tannins. Mildly complex, changing nicely with time...sometimes black fruits and some loam, then spicy and beefy.
2002 Tor Syrah Hudson Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley) $35
Not old world Syrah like: no meaty or bacon notes, medium bodied. I purchased this wine in auction and remember it being a Syrah made like a Cabernet in style from Napa. I think it may have lost its identity with age, but not a bad wine all together. Opened for 2 hours, no decant. Drink NOW.
Color: Dark red center, lighter maroon edges
Nose: A whiff of oak, red fruits, white pepper and some herbal sage aromas. Sage gives way to more pepper and new aromas of currants and some licorice.
Palate: Great acidity and chewy tannins. Austere red fruits and some spice mix to complete a nice wine.
This is my last bottle of the 2000 Potel wines I bought last summer for a steal at about $25 each, all Nuit St. George. Nicolas Potel was recently fired from his post at the negociant house he created and sold to a new owner. He stayed on board to manage and supervise but seems like he was ultimately squeezed out. 2000 was not a great vintage, so these wines are lighter and less nuanced compared to a good vintage.
Color: Light ruby red and pink rose petal edges
Nose: Dried red fruits, citrus and potpourri spritz combined with earth
Palate: Noticeable tannin and acidity, tart cherry, some spicy plum, not much nuance left though, probably past its peak.