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Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2006
Casa Lapostolle has been founded by the Marnier Lapostolle family from France and the Rabat family from Chile in 1994, through Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, her husband Cyril de Bournet and Don José Rabat Gorchs. Today, Casa Lapostolle is 100% owned by the Marnier-Lapostolle group. The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, are known for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has been also involved in winemaking for generations. Originally winegrowers in the Loire Valley, the Marnier Lapostolle continue this vintner tradition today as owners of Chateau de Sancerre. This delicious Cabernet offers red fruit and cassis on the nose, with an elegant touch of oak. Medium-bodied, it has a soft structure with fine and delicate tannins.
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.
Nose of melon and pineapple. Great balance of fruit and oak. Very tasty and lingering. -Tasted at The Hostile Grape 8/5/09
Nice, rich oakey. The descriptions above are spot on (WS).
Great bargain cab from the Rapel Valley in Chile. Strong hints on the nose and palate of strawberries and other dark berries, cassis and some nice tannins which should ensure the decade age-worthiness the label claims.
Again, an excellent, complex, wonderfully balanced wine. Exquisite! - Tasted at Nora's Wine Bar 1/9/10
Very nice nose and a fairly long finish. Very good inexpensive cab.
I agree with the notes on the nose from Vegas Oenophile, definite developed fruit leaning towards pineapple. It was a great companion to some Mediterranean appetizers both for the balanced oak, and for its general ability to please a table of 6 equally.
A LOT of strawberry on the nose and pallet, very enjoyable. Definitely some good tannins, could be worth aging a bit. Finishes on some spicy/earthy notes to me, but discreet.
External Reviews for Lapostolle Clos Apalta
Displays herb-tinged dark fruit aromas as well as flavors. Medium-bodied, it coats the palate with its blackberry dominated personality then tightens to a slightly rustic finish. Drink it over the next 3 years.
This has solid concentration to the pear, fig and spice notes, with restrained toast carrying the lengthy finish. Has the fruit to win over most folks, and the nuance to hold them. Drink now through 2003.
Buttery and rich, this is probably Lapostolle's best Chardonnay to date; it has sweet, alluring baked pear, apple and peach aromas followed by an intensely toasty but balanced palate that shows flavors of papaya, banana, pear and fine French oak. A wine to drink as soon as you can pop the cork.
Subtle at first, with toast and candied-pear notes, this slowly yields layers of apple, fig, honeysuckle and minerals, all carried by a long, juicy finish. This really opens up in the glass but stays remarkably elegant. Drink now.
Firm, toasty aromas blend well with cherry and plum notes. The palate is healthy in feel, with good depth and balance. Tastes lightly herbal, but the heavy lifting is handled by black fruit and chocolate flavors. Peppery on the finish and very solid as a whole.
This friendly red offers a nice beam of briar, raspberry and blackberry fruit, wrapped with judicious toast on the finish. Drink now.
93 Points - Wine & Spirits "Lapostolle and Michel Rolland pioneered this warm, voluptuous style of wine from Colchagua, a blend of old-vine carmenère, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. The long and dry 2006 season offers a luscious Clos Apalta of ample texture and generous blackberry and chocolate flavors, conveying the sensuality of a woman painted by Rubens. It's easy to enjoy now with pork chops, and will gain complexity with five years in the cellar." 94 Points - Wine Spectator "Ripe and packed, especially for the vintage, with gorgeous blackberry, blueberry and fig fruit flavors liberally laced with bittersweet cocoa and Turkish coffee notes. Muscular but rounded, with briar and mineral notes buried deep on the fleshy finish. An impressive combination of density and purity. Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2010 through 2016."