Casa Lapostolle Merlot Selection Casa Lapostolle Chile Rapel Valley Casa Lapostolle Merlot 2002

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It was an explosion of flavor in my mouth! It went well with my short ribs. Read more

Inky violet. Vivacious raspberry and candied cherry aromas are strongly underscored by coconut and vanilla, which gain strength with air. Broad, fl... Read more

The 2003 Clos Apalta continues an impressive run begun when the wine was first made, in 1997. Owner Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle has recently built... Read more

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Snooth User: jjmurph30
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4.00 5
12/04/2007

It was an explosion of flavor in my mouth! It went well with my short ribs.


External Reviews for Casa Lapostolle Merlot Selection Casa Lapostolle Chile Rapel Valley Casa Lapostolle Merlot

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Inky violet. Vivacious raspberry and candied cherry aromas are strongly underscored by coconut and vanilla, which gain strength with air. Broad, fleshy and sweet, offering an array of red and dark berry preserve flavors, soft tannins and sneaky minerality. Finishes long and with improbable energy for such a rich, concentrated and even liqueur-like wine. Not for those who demand finesse but fans of big-time Napa cabernet should give this a shot.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2003 Clos Apalta continues an impressive run begun when the wine was first made, in 1997. Owner Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle has recently built a separate winery to handle production, beginning with the 2005 vintage. The grapes come from 60-year-old vines grown in the Apalta vineyards. The 2003 vintage started cool but ended with plenty of warm days to fully ripen the Carmenere, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon used in this blend.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/17/2014

Deep ruby. Oak-spicy aromas of clove, nutmeg, cocoa powder, espresso and preserves. The intense spice character carries through in the mouth, where there’s a sweet red berry tone and lush, silky texture. This clearly has great material and is plenty sweet but it’s a shame that the wood is so dominant.


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01/27/2012

The Clos Apalta luxury cuvee, primarily based on an old vine, non-irrigated Carmenere parcel, remains one of Chile's standard-bearers. Displaying aromas of sweet, spicy cassis, the 2002 Clos Apalta is a concentrated, medium to full-bodied wine w... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from in Chile. 2002 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta 750ml


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Stunning purity, with concentrated plum, boysenberry and raspberry fruit that just glides across the palate, buttressed by superfine yet muscular tannins. Suave toast, coconut butter and spice notes along with alluring chocolate and black tea hints chime in on the long finish. A superb combination of fruit and elegance. Drink now through 2009.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Loads of ripe fruit, with plum, blackberry and boysenberry flavors pumping through, backed by suave, mocha-infused toast, mineral and spice notes. Long, fleshy finish has some serious grip. Carmenere and Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2007 through 2012.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Since 1997, when the first version was conceived as the top wine of Casa Lapostolle, Clos Apalta has created a Chilean paradigm. Winemaker Michel Friou and Pomerol guru Michel Rolland craft this red from old Apalta vines, some reaching 80 years old, some material even older than that. In years like rsquo;97 or rsquo;99, Clos Apalta described the regionrsquo;s terrior with super concentration, enormous generosity of flavors, and decadent lushness. In rsquo;01, the blend includes Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and itrsquo;s the best to date. Mineral and black, the winersquo;s focus reaches beyond ripeness and power toward precise balance at a high level. The texture is round, the chocolate-scented tannins firm and elegant supporting full-on blackberry and cassis flavors. An intriguing mineral character surrounds the fruit, giving complexity and depth. Long and intense, as a young wine itrsquo;s almost a painful pleasure. Built for the cellar.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Clos Apalta is the ultimate expression of Casa Lapostolle's dedication to quality made from the best grapes from our Apalta vineyard. This wine, not produced every year, is a belnd of Merlot, Carmenere, and Cabernet Sauvignon from 60-100 year old pre-phylloxera vines.

Clos Apalta is the ultimate expression of Casa Lapostolle's dedication to quality made from the best grapes from our Apalta vineyard. This wine, not produced every year, is a belnd of Merlot, Carmenere, and Cabernet Sauvignon from 60-100 year old pre-phylloxera vines.

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