2002 Casa Lapostolle "Clos Apalta" Red Blend Colchagua Valley

SKU #1013415 94 points Wine & Spirits

 The latest vintage of this classic Chilean red has been born in a complicated year in Colchagua. Heavy rains in late March, when grapes were ripening, required a careful selection of fruit. That reduced the total production to 3,150 cases, from 4,600 in 2001. This sacrifice, however, paid off. Less monumental than the previous vintage, this is equally fleshy and generous, more elegant and balanced in its youth. It has Clos Apalta's trademark: those voluptuous, Sophia Loren-style tannins, its flavors of chocolate and blackberries covering every corner of your palate. An expansive wine, wonderfully excessive as usual, it will gain complexity with time in the bottle.  (2/2005)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Beautiful color, with vivid boysenberry and blackberry fruit flavors that easily handle the layers of vanilla-tinged toast. Roasted herb, brier and black currant notes run through the finish, which shows the firm edge of the vintage, but a superb effort nonetheless. (JM)  (3/2005)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Clos Apalta luxury cuvee, primarily based on an old vine, non-irrigated Carmenere parcel, remains one of Chile’s standard-bearers. Displaying aromas of sweet, spicy cassis, the 2002 Clos Apalta is a concentrated, medium to full-bodied wine with intense black cherry, black currant liqueur, spice, and pepper flavors. This serious, focused, well-structured effort is jam-packed with fruit, and reveals a lengthy, tannin-studded finish. (PR)  (6/2005)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Saturated and rich, with meaty, forceful aromas of black fruit, molasses and toasted marshmallow. A blend of Carmenère, Cabernet and Merlot that’s full of cassis, black cherry and a light herbaceousness. Lush but structured; a real big boy. *Editors' Choice*  (3/2005)

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- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine.