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  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

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  • Chardonnay is a pain in my ass. Really it is. I’ve mentioned it before, ... to have the upper hand. 2013 Apaltagua Chardonnay Unoaked Reserva Casablanca Valley Chile 13.5% $12 Almost gingery on the nose with real richness of ripe fruit all spicy apple, poached pear and grilled pineapple laced. This smells terrific and has some of the character... Read More

    From the article Chardonnay under $15


  • Apaltagua Chardonnay Unoaked Reserva Casablanca Valley Chile 2013

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    Almost gingery on the nose with real richness of ripe fruit all spicy apple, poached pear and grilled pineapple laced. This smells terrific and has some of the character of oaked Chardonnay coming from some of the creamy, leesy notes. Rich in the mouth, polished and round with bright, well integrated acidity lending the flavors, which verge on o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Apaltagua Carmenere Rose 2012

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    Citrus hints and a hint of dirt. A faint hint of vanilla in there too. Tart, but there's a good hint of fruit in there. Certainly not the roses from years go by. I'd certainly buy it again. Read More

    Wine review by jwhittenknapp


  • Almost fruity by design, because that’s what we know you like. The ... ... of the variety. The $12 2012 Apaltagua Malbec Reserva does that all too well, and might just be the portent of Mlabec pricing wars coming down the pike. I’ve been a bit too dour today. I know that, but as Yogi berra once famously said; “It’s deja vu all over again.” We’... Read More

    From the article Where has all the Malbec Gone?


  • Apaltagua Reserva Malbec 2012

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    Fruity and spicy on the nose with plenty of nuanced nutty, nutmeg tinged oak layered in with blackberry, plum, and black cherry fruit. fruit forward, exuberant and bright in the mouth, this is supported by nicely judged, firm, little tannins and integrated acids that help to show off the spicy character of the fruit here. Rich yet remaining ad... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to clean up the cellar a bit. A ... A ... nights! Carmenere2011 Apaltagua Carmenere Envero Gran Reserva Apalta Vineyard Selection Colchagua Valley 14% $157% Cabernet SauvignonAromas of black currants, fire roasted chilies and spicy green herbs greet the nose along with some very well integrated wood ac... Read More

    From the article 2 Great Wines for Winter


  • Apaltagua Rosé Central Valley 2011

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    7% Cabernet SauvignonAromas of black currants, fire roasted chilies and spicy green herbs great the nose along with some very well integrated wood accents. Rather nicely focused in the mouth with a core of gentle fruit that hints at strawberry and blackberry flavors that carries with a haunting suggestion of sweetness. while its wrapped in gentl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I took a bit of flack last week for some offhand comments in my prelude to ... ... ... 80pts  2012 Apaltagua Reserva Pinot Noir Tricao Valley Curico Chile 14% $12 Raw and oaky on the nose with dank, smoky, vanilla  and somewhat rubbery aromas. Starting out a bit soft, this is very broad on the palate and  somewhat dense and chewy lacking an e... Read More

    From the article Great Value Pinot Noir


  • Apaltagua Pinot Noir Reserva 2012

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    Raw and oaky on the nose with dank, smoky, vanilla and somewhat rubbery aromas. Starting out a bit soft, this is very broad on the palate and somewhat dense and chewy lacking an energy in the mouth. There are some tart red currant flavors here along with a bit of herb and touch of vanilla but they sort of sink into the density of the palate wh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Apaltagua Carmenere Grial Reserve Apaltagua 2008

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    A touch candied on the nose but with good definition to the slightly smoky and leather aromas of medicinal herbs, black fruit, licorice and vanilla. A touch on the low acid side, this does show significant tannins, adding a little bit of a rough edge to the palate. There's a nice lashing of oak here, under which one finds slow to emerge black be... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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