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Lapostolle Canto de Apalta Red Blend 2010

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14.1% ABV
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3.8 10 Ratings
14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The fortuitous discovery of a nest in a wild bush on the slopes of Apalta Vineyard inspired the unique shape of Clos Apalta Winery, designed vertically, with a naturally cool location underground. Our red blend, Canto de Apalta, born from the harmonious relationship between Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah also represents the melodious song of the unique community of birds that live in our vineyards.

Canto de Apalta originates from Chile's central semi-arid Rapel Valley. Here, the Pacific's Humboldt Current keeps the days warm and dry, and the nights pleasantly cool, allowing the grapes to slowly ripen. Slow maturation guarantees that our wine is able to have an expressive nose and a pleasant structure. The grapes are hand-harvested and transported to the winery in temperature-controlled containers. Strict quality control continues at the winery through a state of the art optical berry selector, Vistalys, which chooses only the freshest, cleanest and purest grapes for our wine. No clarification and very light filtration create natural wines that are true expressions of their origin. Enjoy now as a perfect pairing for meats and elaborate dishes, or cellar for a few years.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
This is a new wine from Lapostolle, bearing a nose that's intense and compact, with mineral and dark fruit aromas. It feels rich and muscular but not heavy, with berry, licorice, buttery oak and vanilla flavors. The finish is minty and chocolaty tasting. Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah make up the blend.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
A rich, smoky red, sporting dark cassis, grilled fig and macerated cherry notes to the iron, smoke and dark spice flavors that linger through the mocha-tinged finish. Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
TP 90
Tasting Panel
Juicy black plum backed with tangy acidity; dense and ripe with balance and style (you see, Carmenere doesn't have to taste like toasted green herbs!); 36% Carmenere, 31% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah.
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Lapostolle, Rapel Valley, Chile
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Lapostolle was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, is famous for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in winemaking for generations. In creating Lapostolle, the family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that make Grand Marnier a global success. Its objective is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and superb terroirs of Chile. Today, Lapostolle owns 370 hectares in three different vineyards and produces a total of 200,000 cases spread over Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere and Syrah. Lapostolle is distributed in more than 60 countries around the world.

Rapel Valley

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Touching the Pacific in the west and stretching up into the Andes on its eastern side, the Rapel Valley is one of the more substantial fine red wine producing regions of Chile and contains both the Colchagua Valley in its south and west and the Cachapoal in it north and east. While it is recognized for its exceptional warm-climate reds, the region does produce some fine Pinot noir and Sauvignon blanc on its coastal side.

Some of the country’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Rapel’s Andean foothills—with significant individualized smaller zones already identified. Soils here are mixtures of loam, clay, and sand; Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, and Merlot are the most prolific varieties throughout the region.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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