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James Suckling has called Chile one of the most exciting wine regions in the world. The little brother to Clos Apalta, this wine predominates with Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere that was planted in 1920! This wine sees all of the care and attention as the top wine, but with less new oak and a shorter time in barrel.
About the Vineyard
Apalta is located about 100 miles South West of Santiago in the Colchagua Valley. The Vineyard is situated on a North to South exposure, which is quite rare in Chile. The Tinguiririca river rests on one side and the hills from the Coastal Cordillera surround the vineyard like a horseshoe on the other. They are both integral in forming this unique terroir. This geography is responsible for the conditions that ensure balance for and a slow ripening for the grapes. At sunrise and sunset, the Cordillera block the sun’s rays, limiting the vines exposure to intense sunshine and the river has a cooling influence on the climate. The vineyard is both certified Organic and Biodynamic.
About the wine
The wine has a deep and intense red color with violet edges. The nose has an intense fruit expression with black fruit such as blackberry and cassis well mixed with red fruit such as cherry and plums. Slightly spiced with anise and cedar notes. Delicate fresh violets fragrance. In the mouth, the wine has a big structure and good volume, balance with a remarkable acidity
Varietal Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 40% - Carmenere 30% - Merlot 28% - Petit Verdot 2%
Aging: 18 months aging in 33% new French oak barrels
Cases produced: 2.500
About the winery
Under the dedicated vision of Alexandra and Cyril, Lapostolle Wines has been a pioneer in the wine industry in Chile and today its wines continue to elevate the region through the production of premium wines, with a strong emphasis on sustainability.
Today, Lapostolle Wines is recognized throughout the world for its quality and its extraordinary ability to express the Chilean terroir. The company owns 370 hectares in three different vineyards (Casablanca, Cachapoal and Colchagua) and produces a total of 200,000 cases annually. The wines are distributed in more than 60 countries worldwide.
Blackberry, fresh herb, wet earth and tar aromas follow through to a full body, with powerful tannins and density yet an agile and polished, textured finish. Much better than 2014. The second wine of Clos Apalta. Try it in 2021.~95 pts James Suckling
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