Clos Apalta 2019

$114.95
15.00% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2019
  • WS 95
  • WA 95
  • JD 96
  • JS 99
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    In the glass, the Clos Apalta 2019 enchants with its intense dark purple-red hue, adorned by delicate violet-blue edges. This Bordeaux Blend from the prestigious Apalta region showcases the mastery of winemaker Michel Rolland.

    On the nose, the wine offers an expressive bouquet of ripe fruit, featuring plums and dry figs. As you delve deeper, subtle spices emerge, harmonizing with elegant aromas of clover and sweet spices.

    The palate is a revelation, beginning with concentrated flavors that gradually unfold into a lively mid-palate. It boasts a well-structured tannic framework, promising excellent aging potential, while a remarkably long-lasting finish lingers.

    The 2019 vintage is a blend of 70% Carmenare, 18% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Petit Verdot, harvested meticulously from March 14th to May 13th, resulting in 8,662 cases of 9L equivalent production.

    This exceptional wine has garnered critical acclaim, with James Suckling awarding it an impressive 99 points. He praises its generous array of ripe black and blue fruit, complemented by notes of pink peppercorns, green olives, and toffee. The wine’s full-bodied character is enhanced by firm, creamy, velvety tannins, culminating in a finish adorned with salted caramel and olives.

    Jeb Dunnuck bestows 96 points, describing it as a brilliant wine with complex notes of ripe black fruits, herbs, and spice. Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate each rate it at 95 points, lauding its balance, dense fruit, and decadent, creamy texture.

    The 2019 Clos Apalta is a testament to the artistry of its winemaker and the unparalleled terroir of Apalta, making it a must-try for connoisseurs of Chilean wines.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 95
    Wine Spectator
    Balances muscle and grace in a complex package, with geranium and floral peppercorn-accented red currant notes up front, while the core is densely packed with blackberry and plum flavors that swirl around spiced chocolate details and swell with lively acidity. Ends with mineral twinges, firming tannins and a final wave of kirsch and chocolate. Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2035.
    WA 95
    Wine Advocate
    The 2019 Clos Apalta was produced with a blend of 70% Carmenere, 18% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, extremely high in Carmenere and low in Cabernet Sauvignon in a ripe and warm year. It fermented with indigenous yeasts for four to five weeks, with manual punch-down of the cap, 67% in 7,500-liter French oak vats and 33% in new French oak barrels followed by malolactic in new French oak barrels. The élevage was 24 months in 90% new barrels and 10% second use. It's powerful, big and ripe, with 15% alcohol and a pH of 3.57. It's creamy and juicy, with very high ripeness and a notable absence of herbal notes; it's oaky, smoky and decadent, coming through as luxurious, round, lush and velvety. It's full-bodied and has abundant, small and powdery tannins.
    JD 96
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Coming from the Colchagua Valley region of Chile, the 2019 Clos Apalta is based on 70% Carménère, 18% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot that saw an extended maceration and aging in 90% new French oak. It's a legit brilliant wine, sporting a dense purple hue as well as complex notes of ripe black fruits, ripe herbs, graphite, spice box, and perfectly integrated oak. It has a solid herbal edge and is medium to full-bodied on the palate, with silky tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish.
    JS 99
    James Suckling
    A generous array of ripe black and blue fruit with pink peppercorns, green olives, dried flowers, toffee and chocolate orange. It’s full-bodied with firm, creamy and velvety tannins. Long and polished. Lovely salted caramel and olives at the end. Keeps going. Unfolds on the finish. 70% carmenere, 18% merlot, 8% cabernet sauvignon and 4% petit verdot. Drink or hold.

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