Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2009
96 points Wine Spectator: A gorgeous wine that deftly balances polished cassis, dark cherry reduction and blueberry notes on a compact frame. This is structured, with silky tannins lining the long finish that lingers on with hints of apple wood, spice box and underbrush. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2020. (10/17/12)
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.
External Reviews for Lapostolle Clos Apalta
Lapostolle's basic Cab scores big in the fine '01 vintage. It features a deep nose of tire rubber, blackberry and rusticity. The palate is high-octane and deep, with plenty of ripe, tannic black fruit. And the finish is round and lengthy. It should age well for a couple of years.
I always love a good Carmandeacute;nandegrave;re. The best ones are full-flavored without being overly heavy, and have lots of lovely layers of spice and herbaceous notes on top of the rich black fruit. And when Iandrsquo;m looking for a terrific Carmandeacute;nandegrave;re for under $15, the Casa Lapostolle has always been my first choice. The pepper and cloves are pretty powerful, but there are lots of deep currant and black cherry notes, and the result is complex and intriguing, rather than unbalanced. My favorite pairing is spicy paella with lots of green and red peppers, but I can easily see pairing this with barbecued chicken or Polish sausage, and itandrsquo;s excellent with grilled vegetable-based dishes as well.
This is broad and fleshy, with cocoa and loam notes carrying the core of dark plum, cherry preserves and roasted tobacco. Stays dense but focused through the finish. Drink now through 2012.
Lively and fresh, with crushed raspberry and blueberry flavors, and a muscular, smoky finish.
Bargain hunters should stalk this toasty, firm, well-made Cab because there aren't many better in the price range. The palate features pure dark cherry and cassis flavors, while the structure is tight but not hard. Finishes with coffee and sweet, ripe tannins. Drink now and all the way through 2008.
Full and a bit rough at first, with some heat on the nose. Swirling settles it down, and what comes up are brawny cherry, cassis and chocolate flavors. Very sturdy and tannic, with energy. Significantly less lush and tasty than the benchmark 2003.
One of the best value-priced, big and rich wines yoursquo;re likely to find. The nose impresses with potent blackberry, cedar and marzipan aromas, and the palate bridges the gap between power and elegance. Tastes great, with herbal black cherry and cola leading the way. Very ripe but really well made.