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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Apaltagua Grial Carmenere 2003
Apaltagua Grial Carmenere 2003
(search item no. 86614)
The Wine News rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grial is among the very best Carmeneres produced today. Extreme measures were taken in fruit selection which results in a rich, extracted, and bold wine capable of many years of extended cellaring. The seductive flavors of blackberry, grilled peppers, and dark, spicy cherry linger on the palate.
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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.