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2005 Casa Lapostolle - Clos Apalta Proprietary Blend - Chile - Rapel Valley - Colchagua - Red

Chile - Rapel Valley - Colchagua

Red Proprietary Blend
WA 91
WS 96
IWC 91
Drink Dates
Comm: 2014-2015 WA: 2013-2025 WS: 2009-2019
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750ml $129.95

IWC 91
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 137

($70) Inky violet. Vivacious raspberry and candied cherry aromas are strongly underscored by coconut and vanilla, which gain strength with air. Broad, fleshy and sweet, offering an array of red and dark berry preserve flavors, soft tannins and sneaky minerality. Finishes long and with improbable energy for such a rich, concentrated and even liqueur-like wine. Not for those who demand finesse but fans of big-time Napa cabernet should give this a shot.

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WA 91
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 179
Drink Dates 2013-2025

The 2005 Clos Apalta Limited Release is composed of 42% Carmenere, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. Opaque purple-colored, the nose reveals notes of pain grille, mineral, spice box, and plummy black and blue fruits. This leads to a layered, nearly opulent wine with gobs of savory, spicy black fruits, excellent balance, and superb integration of oak, tannin, and acidity.

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WS 96
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2009-2019

Gorgeous aromas of warm ganache and mocha lead to a rich, velvety palate loaded with currant, fig paste, black licorice, cassis bush and bramble notes. The long, juicy finish has great grip and density, with echoes of graphite, dark fruit and mineral. Should greatly reward cellaring. Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

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Author Jim Rife
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.368%
Tasted On 06/16/2014
Drink Dates 2014-2016

Excellent. 2 hour decant - lots of sediment. Bordeaux Blend with flavor profile which is (I assume) the carmenere.

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Author tk01
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.47%
Tasted On 04/21/2012
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Author fabioota
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.737%
Tasted On 08/18/2011
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Author WineSpeculator
Site / Blog   Trust Rating
Tasted On 08/01/2007
Drink Dates 2014

WINE MAKERS NOTES: COLOR: Intense inked dark red with purple hints NOSE: Exuberant and complex, with red and black fruit such as plums, black cherries combined with currant, berries, dry figs with black cocoa and a violet touch. Sweet spices like clover and vanilla give an elegant touch towards the finish. MOUTH: Well balanced, an elegant wine which has a bright attack followed by round, velvety and polished tannins filling the mid palate and a rich long lasting finish. SERVICE AND PAIRING: Decant for 3 hours and enjoy at room temperature. Ideal companion for game, lamb, and entrecote fillet. Also good with rich cocoa chocolate desserts.

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Author Wine365
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.429%
Tasted On 10/30/2010

Simply awesome! It will do well for years to come, but drinking it now is not regretable. Big, layered and lasting.

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Author dvaldosf
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 10/31/2009

This is a really wonderful wine. Had I known it was WS wine of the year, I probably would not have opened it (good thing I have more). The wine is definitely too young right now. It is massive, with gobs of black fruit, a slight brambly characteristic and wonderful hints of toasty vanilla. Will be interesting to see how it evolves over the next 5 years.

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Author gd10102
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80.132%
Tasted On 09/30/2009
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Author PurpleTeeth
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.221%
Tasted On 12/15/2008
Drink Dates 2011-2025

Very primary at this stage, but showing great potential for future greatness. Decanted for 1.5 hours. Dark purple (almost black) robe, solid to the rim. Still very tight, with practically no bouquet at all. Smooth, silky, rich mid-palate with plenty of viscosity. Deep, succulent blackberry and cassis notes. If Vina Almaviva could be considered a Left-Bank Bordeaux blend, this wine is its Right-Bank counterpart. I will hold my remaining three bottles for at least three years.

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