Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Viña MontGras

Viña MontGras, in Chile's Colchagua Valley, was established in 1992 by brothers Hernán and Eduardo Gras, together with their partner Cristián Hartwig. The fruit of a mission to produce estate-grown wines of exceptional quality and originality, the MontGras estate today encompasses over 495 acres (200 hectares) planted to vine in the heart of Chile's wine-producing region. Since the first harvest in the early 1990s, MontGras wines have earned over 200 medals and awards worldwide, garnering international critical acclaim. Santiago Margozzini serves as head winemaker.

Clos de los Siete -Malbec blend ?

Clos de los Siete has quite a pedigree - it is a unique Argentine wine endeavor established by famed wine consultant Michel Rolland and his 6 Bordelaise partners and 2009 marks their 8th release. "2009 is an excellent vintage for Clos de los Siete. The concentration, freshness, and purity of the fruit is remarkable and a testament to our commitment to produce an unfiltered red wine that truly express its terroir," says Mr. Rolland.

'Tis the season to eat, drink, be merry and share a bottle of Clos de los Siete 2009 Argentine Malbec Blend. Deep garnet with glints of purple, Clos de los Siete 2009 is a beautifully balanced blend of 57% Malbec, 15% Merlot,15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, and 3% Petit Verdot. This full-bodied red wine has a lovely long finish and shines with notes of juicy blackberries, plums, cassis and a subtle peppery earthiness. Matured 11 months (70% in French oak barrels and 30% in vat), Clos de los Siete's tannins are sturdy but not too aggressive. No need to decant but I would let this vino breathe for a bit to allow the flavors to really bloom. A very elegant and versatile wine, Clos de los Siete 2009 will pair perfectly with a hearty steak, beef short ribs, Boeuf Bourgignon, and even a juicy burger.