Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Chile, South America

Price: $129.00
Item No. 95273
  • WS96
  • WE94
  • WN93
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

COLOR: Intense inked dark red with purple hints

NOSE: Exuberant and complex, with red and black fruit such as plums, black cherries combined with currant, berries, dry figs with black cocoa and a violet touch. Sweet spices like clover and vanilla give an elegant touch towards the finish.

MOUTH: Well balanced, an elegant wine which has a bright attack followed by round, velvety and polished tannins filling the mid palate and a rich long lasting finish.

SERVICE AND PAIRING: Decant for 3 hours and enjoy at room temperature. Ideal companion for game, lamb, and entrecote fillet. Also good with rich cocoa chocolate desserts.

Critical Acclaim

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Wine of the Year
#1 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008

Since its outstanding debut 1997 vintage, Casa Lapostolle's Clos Apalta bottling has helped to establish Chile as a premier red-wine region. Owner Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle and her team created a blend of Chile's distinctive Carmenère variety, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the estate's oldest vines in Colchagua's Apalta sub-valley, then kept refining: fermenting in smaller lots, hand-destemming berries and constructing a gravity-flow winery. All this came to fruition in the long, warm, dry 2005 vintage, easily Chile's modern best. Marnier and new winemaker Jacques Begarie blended in 4 percent Petit Verdot for the first time, adding aroma and color. Rich and velvety, the 2005 Clos Apalta should reward cellaring. The wine's price has remained relatively modest through the years."
96 Points

"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. Hold for another two years; then drink through 2014."
94 Points

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Richard Zerr - Saint Charles, MO (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/24/2010)
Managed to get 4 bottles and have 2 for gifts and 1 to store away. This is so smooth for such a young wine. I would try to get 2 and save 1 for that Anniversary 5 yersa for now and have 1 with New Years dinner of Beef Wellington and Dutchess potato
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Rating:
(9/27/2010)
this wine deserves the #1 spot this year.
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Rating:
(9/28/2010)
The weirdest thing about this wine was the first smell I got from the nose. Don't think I'm crazy but the first smell was McDonald's french fries. At first I thought this wine was harsh and lacked depth, but after it opened up I could see it's potential. The wine definitely needs 5 to 10 years in the bottle and it's high alcohol content (15%) was a little much. Overall I thought it was a good wine but not the number one wine. I prefer the Don Melchor.
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