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Date Printed: 10/30/2014
Apaltagua Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Apaltagua Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 96549)

PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Apaltagua Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is characterized by being a sophisticated and elegant wine in which touches of strawberry and cherry are well emphasized. In the mouth it possesses a delicate velvety full-bodied taste, generous finish in which the touches of vanilla and herbs stand out.
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About Apaltagua:

Apaltagua is a winery that specializes in one distinguished, but lesser known, grape varietal - carmenère. Carmenère is the "lost Bordeaux" variety, as it was originally planted in Bordeaux, but was abandoned there because it was too late ripening for their climate, but was known for producing very high quality and elegant wines. Thankfully, the carmenère variety was imported to Chile where it not only survives, but makes exceptionally good wines in the hands of wineries like Apaltagua.

Apaltagua, owned by the seven Donoso Silva brothers, has a missionary-like zeal in its dedication to, and excitement about, the carmenère grape. The winery produces three levels of carmenère-based wines: Apaltagua Estate Carmenère, Apaltagua Envero Carmenère, and Apaltagua Grial Carmenère. Much of the fruit comes from ungrafted, 60-year old carmenère vines all located on the family estate in the prestigious Apalta district of Chile. The resulting wines are exceptionally good, with a chocolately richness and a peppery edge, combining the best attributes of merlot and cabernet sauvignon in one grape.