Casa Lapostolle

Clos Apalta Limited Release Carménère Blend

9.3588 ratings
9.291 pro ratings
Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Central Valley, Chile
Petit Verdot, Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Matt Sterr

Deep ruby / purple. Black fruits and cassis with nice tannic grip. Nice medium-long finish.

Deep ruby / purple. Black fruits and cassis with nice tannic grip. Nice medium-long finish.

Jun 19th, 2019
Shay A
9.3

I opened expecting this to be pop and pour...I was wrong. By the end of the night, this needed 1-2 hours in the decanter to blossom. Clove, dark red and black fruit dominant, and sweet cherry pipe tobacco were the main notes I got from the aromatics. Still a bit gripping, powerful, and chalky on the palate. Herbal/leather driven balanced out by more dark fruit...plum, blackberries and just a touch of graphite. Lengthy and delicious finish. This can hold in this window a few more years easily.

I opened expecting this to be pop and pour...I was wrong. By the end of the night, this needed 1-2 hours in the decanter to blossom. Clove, dark red and black fruit dominant, and sweet cherry pipe tobacco were the main notes I got from the aromatics. Still a bit gripping, powerful, and chalky on the palate. Herbal/leather driven balanced out by more dark fruit...plum, blackberries and just a touch of graphite. Lengthy and delicious finish. This can hold in this window a few more years easily.

Jun 6th, 2019
Riccardo L.

Hands down the best Chilean wine I've ever had. Fantastic. Could have been aged another 10 years. Surprisingly fresh red cherries on the nose, plenty of stinging acidity in the back corners of my mouth on the first sip. Tannins have started to recede a bit, and there's a hint of sediment starting to form. Great body, velvety.

Hands down the best Chilean wine I've ever had. Fantastic. Could have been aged another 10 years. Surprisingly fresh red cherries on the nose, plenty of stinging acidity in the back corners of my mouth on the first sip. Tannins have started to recede a bit, and there's a hint of sediment starting to form. Great body, velvety.

Sep 16th, 2017
Severn Goodwin

Checking in of this bottle...
Carmenere/Cabernet/Merlot tannins are vanished, but the wine still needs more time to integrate, medium amount of sediment when decanting, will go another 5-8 years without concern.

Checking in of this bottle...
Carmenere/Cabernet/Merlot tannins are vanished, but the wine still needs more time to integrate, medium amount of sediment when decanting, will go another 5-8 years without concern.

Aug 21st, 2017
The fly

Inky, with plum and blackberry notes. Smells like an old leatherbound book. Tastes like the best God damned wine you ever had.

Inky, with plum and blackberry notes. Smells like an old leatherbound book. Tastes like the best God damned wine you ever had.

7 people found it helpfulDec 22nd, 2014
Tom Higgins

Owner/Winemaker Heart & Hands Wine Company

8.4

Ink in the glass. Vanilla, dark fruit, blackberries and plum on the nose transform into a full structured black fruit stew. Heavy tannins suggest giving the bottle more time.

Ink in the glass. Vanilla, dark fruit, blackberries and plum on the nose transform into a full structured black fruit stew. Heavy tannins suggest giving the bottle more time.

2 people found it helpfulNov 12th, 2013
Ara Aslanian

Stood up to its wine of the year designation and more, Balanced and soft, with great dark berry and chocolate flavors.

Stood up to its wine of the year designation and more, Balanced and soft, with great dark berry and chocolate flavors.

1 person found it helpfulNov 26th, 2018
Jay Kline

Decanted for three hours. Kirsch, red currents, brambles, vanilla, baking spices, magnolia blooms, teriyaki, spice box, tobacco. Fiercely tannic still. Hard to say what the future brings but this is a drink with patience or hold wine.

Decanted for three hours. Kirsch, red currents, brambles, vanilla, baking spices, magnolia blooms, teriyaki, spice box, tobacco. Fiercely tannic still. Hard to say what the future brings but this is a drink with patience or hold wine.

1 person found it helpfulJun 25th, 2018
Blake Leja

Sommelier Prosecco Restaurant

9.1

The Apalta vineyard 70 Plus year old unirrigated vines. Located in Colchagua, Rapel Valley.

The Apalta vineyard 70 Plus year old unirrigated vines. Located in Colchagua, Rapel Valley.

1 person found it helpfulNov 20th, 2017
Andrew Stover

Sommelier/Wine Director Oya & Sei, Wine Blogger ChiefWino, Founder Vino50

9.0

Seductive #Wineporn 2001 Casa Lapostolle 'Clos Apalta' #ChileanWine. Blend of #Cabernet #Merlot #Carmenere. Even at 14 yrs, still a monster. Ripe black cherry, plum and fig dance around with baking spices, coffee and pepper. Long and lush texture that keeps going like an energizer bunny. #wine #sommelier #sommlife

Seductive #Wineporn 2001 Casa Lapostolle 'Clos Apalta' #ChileanWine. Blend of #Cabernet #Merlot #Carmenere. Even at 14 yrs, still a monster. Ripe black cherry, plum and fig dance around with baking spices, coffee and pepper. Long and lush texture that keeps going like an energizer bunny. #wine #sommelier #sommlife

1 person found it helpfulOct 19th, 2015