Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2001

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Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2001

# 2 on THE WINE SPECTATOR’S TOP 100 WINES OF 2004! 2001 confirmed again the high potential of our favorite terroir of Apalta for Bordeaux varieties with a great vintage of Cuvee Alexandre and Clos Apalta. Old vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere were crushed at the beginning of April, after a slow ripening process. These vines produced intense, concentrated reds, of great tipicity and spicy character, surely with a long aging potential. Meanwhile, our 3-4 years young plantations of Merlot and Carmenere gave their first crop. Although not as concentrated as the older vines, the new Merlot produced fruity and elegant wines. The new Carmenere is also very promising, with a deep color and very smooth tannins. Wine Spectator Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle has her winery firing on all cylinders right now, and she follows up her superb ’00 Clos Apalta (94 points and a Top 10 wine in 2003) with another fantastic vintage. Stunning purity here, with concentrated plum, boy-senberry and raspberry fruit that just glides across the palate, buttressed by superfine yet muscular tan-nins. Suave toast, coconut butter and spice notes along with alluring chocolate and black tea hints chime in on the long finish. A superb combination of fruit and elegance. Drink now through 2009. From Chile.-JM Score: 95. A blend of 80% Merlot and Carmenere, with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2001

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