Casa Lapostolle

Clos Apalta Limited Release Carménère Blend

9.382 ratings
9.310 pro ratings
Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Central Valley, Chile
Petit Verdot, Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Baking Spices, Exotic Spices, Chicken, Herbs, Turkey, Hard Cheese, Pungent Cheese, Onion, Soft Cheese, Duck, Beans & Peas
Top Notes For
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
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
Elizabeth Vianna

Winemaker Chimney Rock Winery

9.0

Lovely black fruit, sage, violets. Beautiful wine.

Lovely black fruit, sage, violets. Beautiful wine.

1 person found it helpfulNov 22nd, 2014
Tom Kobylarz

Solid, well made wine that tips it's hat to old world Bordeaux. Excellent purity and impeccably balanced.

Solid, well made wine that tips it's hat to old world Bordeaux. Excellent purity and impeccably balanced.

1 person found it helpfulNov 20th, 2014
Charles (Chad) Bucklin

Owner and founder of C. T. Bucklin Wine Advising

9.1

Great intensity with big abv and ripe tannins. The fruit is ripe but fresh with nice complexity. The oak is nicely intergrated and on a whole it's well balanced. It's missing some acidity that would help carry the wine into an old life. Easily another 7 tasty years left tough. #closlapalta #carmenere #chile #lapostolle

Great intensity with big abv and ripe tannins. The fruit is ripe but fresh with nice complexity. The oak is nicely intergrated and on a whole it's well balanced. It's missing some acidity that would help carry the wine into an old life. Easily another 7 tasty years left tough. #closlapalta #carmenere #chile #lapostolle

Jan 23rd, 2016
Armen Khachaturian

Needs time...should be drinking well in 15 years...

Needs time...should be drinking well in 15 years...

Nov 7th, 2014
Joshua Pessin

Won this bottle at a cork pull. Enjoying with Betsy and Steve.

Won this bottle at a cork pull. Enjoying with Betsy and Steve.

Aug 25th, 2019
Ron Siegel

Bordeaux styled that was very youthful showing lots of dark berry fruits, leather, mocha & tobacco. Rich & full bodied showing good length.

Bordeaux styled that was very youthful showing lots of dark berry fruits, leather, mocha & tobacco. Rich & full bodied showing good length.

May 11th, 2019
Doug Sayed

2010 vintage. Deeply-flavored savory dark fruits with a solid structure and a long expressive finish. Bravo.

2010 vintage. Deeply-flavored savory dark fruits with a solid structure and a long expressive finish. Bravo.

Mar 7th, 2019
Alejandro Rabinstein

Really intense! Blend of Carmeniere, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon... a lot of alcohol

Really intense! Blend of Carmeniere, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon... a lot of alcohol

May 28th, 2018