Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon Cuvee Alexandre Apalta Vineyard 2002
It was an explosion of flavor in my mouth! It went well with my short ribs.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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Dietary Information: Organic
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