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Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon Cuvee Alexandre Apalta Vineyard 2002
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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.
The Clos Apalta luxury cuvee, primarily based on an old vine, non-irrigated Carmenere parcel, remains one of Chileandrsquo;s standard-bearers. Displaying aromas of sweet, spicy cassis, the 2002 Clos Apalta is a concentrated, medium to full-bodied wine with intense black cherry, black currant liqueur, spice, and pepper flavors. This serious, focused, well-structured effort is jam-packed with fruit, and reveals a lengthy, tannin-studded finish. It should be drunk over the next 7andndash;8 years.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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