2012 Clos Apalta Casa Lapostolle



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Average critic rating : 93.5 points

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A wonderfully vivid red with complex aromas of rose petal, black currant, blackberry, black pepper and sandalwood. Full-bodied, yet ultra-refined. Silky textured tannins. Gorgeous finish. So much intense fruit with spice, currant and chocolate. A blend of carmenere, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot. All grapes are biodynamically grown. Better in 2019. Oct 2015, www.jamessuckling.com

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The 2012 Clos Apalta started off a little closed, but with air, the spicy aromas seemed to dominate (cloves, black pepper); there are also lots of smoky notes over a core of ripe black fruit with a volatile hint. It feels young and greatly marked by its two years in new French oak barrels. The palate is still young and tannic, and the finish is a little dry. There's not a lot of fruit in there and it somehow feels like it lacks a bit in the mid palate. For fans of the style, but even though, you should wait to pull the cork. 61,000 bottles produced. The Lapostolle Collection started as a project to show the terroir and the effect of the different places and climates on Syrah, from north to south, in a variety that is highly influenced by place. They then experimented with Carménère from east to west and later saw the opportunity for Mediterranean varieties in Apalta, Mourvèdre (Monastrell), and also in Maule with Carignan (Cariñena as part of Vigno) and Grenache (Garnacha). The wines are sold in six-packs, the six Syrah together and the rest in another case, so people can understand the differences from region to region. All of the wines from The Collection follow a similar process, they are all very artisanal and produced at a very small scale. They are all hand-destemmed and fermented in plastic bins after a short cold soak with indigenous yeasts with hand punching down, not a lot of extraction and then put into used French oak barrels and bottled around one year after the vintage. All very simple, with the aim to show the naked wines, bottled unfiltered and unfined. They really show their origin, grape and vintage. These wines are produced by winemaker Andrea León. Unfortunately volumes are slightly limited and I hope that in the future they can produce a little more -- at least from the Vigno and some others. dec 2015, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2018-2024

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93

A dense, ripe and powerful style, with concentrated flavors of dark plum, blackberry and chocolate. Very plush and creamy midpalate, with a rich finish loaded with espresso notes, along with medium-grained tannins. Carmenère, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 6,200 cases made. Mar 2016, www.winespectator.com

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Lusty notes of coconut, charcoal, vanilla and herbs grace core blackberry and cassis aromas. This is massive and widespread on the palate, but the key to its success is impeccable balance. Toasty, minty flavors of blackberry and cassis are chocolaty and lightly herbal, while the finish blends lushness, power, heft and smoky, herbal flavors that go on and on. Drink this Carmenère-led blend through 2024. Mar 2016, www.wineenthusiast.com

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