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Clos Apalta (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013

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Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby red color with purple edges. Complex nose opening towards ripe and expressive fruit, such as blackberry, blueberry, cassis and dry figs. Spices such as clove, black pepper and a touch of lavender. Intense, smooth a silky structure filling the mid palate with a ripe and unique personality. Black fruit such as blackberry and blueberry with a long and slightly smoked finish.

Open and leave to breathe for a couple of hours or carefully decant for minimum 1 hour or age for several years. Enjoy at 17ºC (64°F). Ideal companion for wagyu beef in wine reduction, deer with Jerusalem artichoke and boeuf bourguinon.

Blend: 70% Carmenère, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot

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JS 97
James Suckling
Fabulous dark berry, blueberry and fresh herb character. Full body, dense and layered with blackberry and chocolate. Hazelnut and dark fruit, too. Soft and pretty tannins with great intensity. A blend of 70% carmenere, 21% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot and 2% petit verdot. Drink or hold.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Right away, aromas of spicy black fruits, balsam wood, clove and earth announce a special wine of extra high quality. In the mouth, this is ripe and concentrated (even for a cool year) and ideally balanced. Dark oaky spicy blackberry flavors finish flush, toasty and loaded. Drink through 2028.
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WS 93
Wine Spectator
Well-structured and powerful, with red raspberry and dark plum flavors supported by fresh acidity. Very lithe midpalate, showing plush accents of cinnamon and spice. Elegant finish. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The powerful 2013 Clos Apalta is a blend of 70% Carmenère, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. The grapes were hand-destemmed by 80 women and put to ferment in vats and barriques with native yeasts and aged in 100% new barrels for 28 months. There is more freshness in the 2013 vintage with some perfumed aromas under the thick layer of oak-related aromas of smoke, sweet spices and roasted coffee, quite spicy in the style of 2011. The palate shows abundant tannins and some dryness with a final taste that reminded me of cigar ash. Very faithful to the style of the bottling, with the compensating freshness of the cool year with more Cabernet (as all cool years).
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Everything starts in 1994 when Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet first arrived in Chile’s Colchagua Valley. They quickly realized its potential for producing world-class wines. This ideal setting, which was revitalized in 1995, was home to vines originating from pre-phylloxera rootstock brought from Bordeaux in the middle of XIX century. Member of a renowned family that has been dedicated for several generations to the production of high-quality spirits and wines, Alexandra with legendary wine expertise, brought exceptional French winemaking practices to Chile and pioneered the development of fine quality wines from the region. Today it is Charles de Bournet Marnier Lapostolle, seventh generation of the family, who holds the reins of the Winery. Together with him is Jacques Begarie, Technical Director & Winemaker, under the advice of the famous winemaker Michel Rolland, who is personally involved in the whole production of Clos Apalta. In its short history, Clos Apalta wines have consistently ranked highly (90+ points) among reputable wine trade publications, a testament of the rigorous standards implemented at the winery to produce outstanding wines. Clos Apalta's philosophy is as simple as it is ambitious: to express terrois in the wines, looking for excellence, elegance and character in a handcrafted wine that can talk about the amazing place that is the Apalta Valley.

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Dramatic geographic and climatic changes from west to east make Chile an exciting frontier for wines of all styles. Chile’s entire western border is Pacific coastline, its center is composed of warm valleys and on its eastern border, are the soaring Andes Mountains.

Chile’s central valleys, sheltered by the costal ranges, and in some parts climbing the eastern slopes of the Andes, remain relatively warm and dry. The conditions are ideal for producing concentrated, full-bodied, aromatic reds rich in black and red fruits. The eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry—is home to intense red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.

The Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys specialize in Cabernet and Bordeaux Blends as well as Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape.

Chilly breezes from the Antarctic Humboldt Current allow the coastal regions of Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley to focus on the cool climate loving varieties, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Chile’s Coquimbo region in the far north, containing the Elqui and Limari Valleys, historically focused solely on Pisco production. But here the minimal rainfall, intense sunlight and chilly ocean breezes allow success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata in the south make excellent Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Spanish settlers, Juan Jufre and Diego Garcia de Cáceres, most likely brought Vitis vinifera (Europe’s wine producing vine species) to the Central Valley of Chile sometime in the 1550s. One fun fact about Chile is that its natural geographical borders have allowed it to avoid phylloxera and as a result, vines are often planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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