CLOS APALTA Clos Apalta Vineyard 2017
(Colchagua Valley, Chile) $149
Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle (of France’s Grand Marnier family) and her husband, Cyril de Bournet, founded Lapostolle winery in 1994 and, with the help of famous French enologist Michel Rolland, set about making sophisticated, complex wines at a time when most Chilean wine was straightforward and simply serviceable. They have been hugely successful. What Harlan is to the US, Clos Apalta is to Chile—in short, renowned globally. (Although it costs a fraction of Harlan or top-growth Bordeaux.) The vineyards lie in a horseshoe-shaped valley of decomposing granite slopes, considered one of the best terroirs in the country. The wine (Carmenere with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot) is pure hedonism in a bottle, with delicious flavors of wild berries, vanilla bean, sweet pipe tobacco, black olive, espresso, and roasted green chiles. Clos Apalta has soft, silky tannins. But what really gets to you is the finish…the long, slow waves that don’t stop.
97 points KM
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