2005 Casa Lapostolle "Clos Apalta" Colchagua Valley
*Wine of the Year 2008* Gorgeous aromas of warm ganache and mocha lead to a rich, velvety palate loaded with currant, fig paste, black licorice, cassis bush and bramble notes. The long, juicy finish has great grip and density, with echoes of graphite, dark fruit and mineral. Should greatly reward cellaring. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. (JM)
Wine & Spirits
Since the first vintage in 1997, this blend of old-vine Carmenère, Merlot and Cabernet has shown an exuberant personality, a direct connection to the warmth of the Colchagua Valley. This new vintage builds on that connection with a voluptuous aroma of blackberry, blackcurrant and sweet spices. The texture is as round and ample as an Italian actress from the 1960s, with a similarly seductive charm. Save this for five years. It will age as well as Sophia Loren.
*Cellar Selection* Clos Apalta continues to push the envelope for Chilean icon wines. It’s always been a blend of four or five Bordeaux grapes, and the 2005 is every bit as structured, tight and ripe as any predecessor. There is an intense blanket of new oak that tastes of mint, cinnamon, sawdust and black licorice. When that subsides (maybe in another 12 months), expect racy and complex berry flavors, pinpoint tannins and preserving acidity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Clos Apalta Limited Release is composed of 42% Carmenere, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. Opaque purple-colored, the nose reveals notes of pain grille, mineral, spice box, and plummy black and blue fruits. This leads to a layered, nearly opulent wine with gobs of savory, spicy black fruits, excellent balance, and superb integration of oak, tannin, and acidity. It will evolve for 4-6 years and be at its best from 2013 to 2025. (JM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky violet. Vivacious raspberry and candied cherry aromas are strongly underscored by coconut and vanilla, which gain strength with air. Broad, fleshy and sweet, offering an array of red and dark berry preserve flavors, soft tannins and sneaky minerality. Finishes long and with improbable energy for such a rich, concentrated and even liqueur-like wine. (JR)