2006 Casa Lapostolle "Clos Apalta" Colchagua Valley

SKU #1047246 94 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and packed, especially for the vintage, with gorgeous blackberry, blueberry and fig fruit flavors liberally laced with bittersweet cocoa and Turkish coffee notes. Muscular but rounded, with briar and mineral notes buried deep on the fleshy finish. An impressive combination of density and purity. Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2010 through 2016.  (6/2009)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Lapostolle and Michel Rolland pioneered this warm, voluptuous style of wine from Colchagua, a blend of old-vine Carmenère, Merlot and Cabernet Cauvignon. The long and dry 2006 season offers a luscious Clos Apalta of ample texture and generous blackberry and chocolate flavors, conveying the sensuality of a woman painted by Rubens. It's easy to enjoy now with pork chops, and will gain complexity with five years in the cellar.  (10/2009)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 **Editors' Choice** Once again, Clos Apalta distinguishes itself as one of Chile’s best wines. The bouquet is dark and slightly minty, with licorice, shoe polish and ripe, herb-tinged black fruit. Saturated and deep in the mouth, with cola, cassis, black cherry and blackberry flavors. Chewy wine; still has some oak to resolve. Best from 2011.  (12/2009)

K&L Notes

This is a blockbuster wine. The 2005 vintage was the Wine Spectator "Wine of the Year" in 2008, and has made that magazine's Top 10 list three times. It was named the "Best New World Winery of 2008" by the Wine Enthusiast, and Parker's reviews range from 90-93 points. In addition to all those accolades, the Clos Apalta is made from Casa Lapostolle's oldest vines (ranging from 65 to 100 years old), all tended organically and biodynamically and dry-farmed to less than 2 tons per acre. What does all this mean? Great wine that you won't want to miss. The Clos Apalta always sells out quickly.

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