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

Clos Apalta continues to push the envelope for Chilean icon wines. Itrsquo;s always been a blend of four or five Bordeaux grapes, and the 2005 is e... Read more

Gorgeous aromas of warm ganache and mocha lead to a rich, velvety palate loaded with currant, fig paste, black licorice, cassis bush and bramble no... Read more

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User 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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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

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Clos Apalta continues to push the envelope for Chilean icon wines. Itrsquo;s always been a blend of four or five Bordeaux grapes, and the 2005 is every bit as structured, tight and ripe as any predecessor. There is an intense blanket of new oak that tastes of mint, cinnamon, sawdust and black licorice. When that subsides (maybe in another 12 months), expect racy and complex berry flavors, pinpoint tannins and preserving acidity. Hold for another two years; then drink through 2014.


External Review
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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2005 Clos Apalta Limited Release is composed of 42% Carmenere, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. Opaque purple-colored, the nose reveals notes of pain grille, mineral, spice box, and plummy black and blue fruits. This leads to a layered, nearly opulent wine with gobs of savory, spicy black fruits, excellent balance, and superb integration of oak, tannin, and acidity. It will evolve for 4ndash;6 years and be at its best from 2013 to 2025.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The Clos Apalta luxury cuvee, primarily based on an old vine, non-irrigated Carmenere parcel, remains one of Chilersquo;s standard-bearers. The medium to full-bodied 2001 Clos Apalta explodes from the glass with powerful scents of black raspberries, cassis liqueur and hints of mocha. An elegant yet immensely ripe wine, it offers spicy black cherry flavors in its bright, high-toned and tannin-laced character. Projected maturity: 2007ndash;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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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Full and forceful, with aromas of green herbs piercing the cassis and cherry aromas that carry the bouquet. With molasses, cassis and black-plum flavors, it seems to have all that the wine is known for; however, therersquo;s also a green, tomato-like presence that may stem from the higher level of Carmenegrave;re thatrsquo;s going into the wine.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Winemaker Michel Friou, who recently left Lapostolle, fashioned this blend of Carmenegrave;re, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the wineryrsquo;s 49-acre vineyard in the Apalta section of the Colchagua Valley. Old vines, low yields and hand-destemming of the grapes contributed to the winersquo;s combination of power and finesse. A new small winery facility dedicated to this cuveacute;e, the wineryrsquo;s flagship, is now under construction. Owner Alexandra Marnier-Lapostollersquo;s vision has helped drive the estate to the top in Chile.


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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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