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

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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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Lapostolle was founded by the legendary family behind Grand Marnier. Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle brought French winemaking practices to Chile, where she was a pioneer in leading the development of fine quality wines. The winery uses organic and biodynamic practices, and the wines are consistently rated 90+ points. Most recently, Wine Enthusiast named Lapostolle “New World Winery of the Year” in 2008.
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Member Reviews for Casa Lapostolle Merlot Selection Casa Lapostolle Chile Rapel Valley Casa Lapostolle Merlot

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Snooth User: jjmurph30
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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
01/10/2013

Saturated and rich, with meaty, forceful aromas of black fruit, molasses and toasted marshmallows. A blend of Carmenandegrave;re, Cabernet and Merlot thatandrsquo;s full of cassis, black cherry and a light herbaceousness. Lush but structured; a real big boy.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The latest vintage of this classic Chilean red has been born in a complicated year in Colchagua. Heavy rains in late March, when grapes were ripening, required a careful selection of fruit. That reduced the total production to 3,150 cases, from 4,600 in 2001. This sacrifice, however, paid off. Less monumental than the previous vintage, this is equally fleshy and generous, more elegant and balanced in its youth. It has Clos Apaltaandrsquo;s trademark: those voluptuous, Sophia Loren-style tannins, its flavors of chocolate and blackberries covering every corner of your palate. An expansive wine, wonderfully excessive as usual, it will gain complexity with time in the bottle.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
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
01/10/2013

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


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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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Gorgeous aromas of warm ganache and mocha lead to a rich, velvety palate loaded with currant, fig paste, black licorice, cassis bush and bramble notes. The long, juicy finish has great grip and density, with echoes of graphite, dark fruit and mineral. Should greatly reward cellaring. Carmenegrave;re, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2009 through 2019.


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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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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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