2008 Casa Lapostolle "Clos Apalta" Colchagua Valley
*Top 100 Wines of 2012* Clos Apalta, depending on your point of view, is arguably Chile's best wine. And this vintage is outstanding! Earth, minty spice, ripe berry, minerality and smoky aromas cover the bases. It’s superbly structured, with a fine texture and depth. Tastes lush and complex, with blackberry, crème de cassis, fine herbs and tobacco. Finishes classy. Drink now through 2016.
Wine & Spirits
A blend based on old-vine carmenère, this latest vintage of Clos Apalta is faithful to its style: a tremendously ripe wine full of fig flavors, fresh roasted coffee and chestnut scents. The structure is as big as it is powerful, and though the texture is youthfully rough, there's so much concentration of flavor that the astringency moves to the background. This is built to cellar, or to decant for braised lamb.
This iconic blend of Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot has been honored with a Wine Spectator Wine of the Year award as well as a few Top 10 mentions in years past. Always on the rich and darker fruited side, with good structure, it is a great example of the heights carmenere can achieve when the vines are carefully managed and the wine is taken seriously.