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Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2011
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.
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With dark-berry aromas and pointed toughness, this is a solid wine with creamy oak, some stickiness and a lactic element. Flavors of herbal dark fruits and minty oak lead to a dry, minty, hot and spicy finish with more than enough residual oak flavor.
The concentrated boysenberry and wild plum flavors are accented by notes of white pepper. Offers bracing acidity, with juicy accents of raspberry preserves on the crisp finish. Drink now.
Schimmerndes Hellgelb.Tropische Früchte und süssliche Aromen von Zitrusfrüchten beherrschen die Nase. Besonders komplex wird der Wein durch weitere Aromen von Honigmelone und süssen Gewürzen. Sahnige Struktur mit lebendiger Säure führen zur Vollendung.
Lapostolle is the property of the French family Marnier Lapostolle and was founded in 1994 by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle along with her husband Cyril de Bournet. Today Lapostolle owns 380 hectares of vineyards.
The Apalta Vineyard is the gem of the Lapostolle estate in Chile's Colchagua Valley. Surounded on three sides by hills and a river on the other it has its own unique micro-climate. Planted back in 1920 it also has deeply rooted grapevines averaging 60 years old that provide low yields of less that 2 tons per acre and grapes with deep complex flavors. The Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet is sourced from this vineyard and every vintage it excels in both quality and value! Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 90 points saying "Aromas of blackberry and cassis are spicy and a touch herbal. A tannic, firm palate suggests that aging will help this along; flavors of blackberry and cassis are lightly herbal, while the finish is dense, fruity, earthy and generous. Drink through 2018."
Cool aromas of cola, coffee, blackberry, stewed plum, herbs and minerals make for a highly attractive and complex bouquet. In the mouth, wall-to-wall power and tannins suggest that this needs a few more years to mellow out. Flavors of stewed plum, blackberry, Carolina barbecue sauce and a hint of citrus peel are complex and set up a deep finish with dark flavors and intensity to spare. Drink from 2016 through 2025. The blend is 57% Carmenère, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot.
The 2011 Clos Apalta is a blend from a cold vintage aged in 100% new barrels for about two years, depending on how they find the wine, and the wine that makes it into the bottle is a barrel selection. 2011 was a cool vintage, perhaps something between 2010 and 2013, warmer than the former, more moderate than the latter; it’s the freshest of all the vintages that I tried, with good acidity, finer tannins, density, freshness and finesse as well as very good balance and a silky texture. As for future vintages, the 2012 will be bottled earlier, as it was a warm vintage and needs less maturing in oak. The 2013, which is still very young and was pre-blended the day before my tasting with Michel Rolland, will be bottled a year from now and will be re-evaluated before being bottled, when the blend might be adjusted at the last minute. I also tasted an impressive new wine from very old vines that were traditionally blended into the Clos with a long aging in the T5 barrels from Taransaud. Drink 2016–2026.
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