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Clos Apalta 2020

$126.95
15.00% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2020
  • WS 93
  • DEC 93
  • JS 95
  • VIN 95
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    Clos Apalta 2020, a masterpiece from the esteemed Clos Apalta winery, is a testament to the skill and passion of winemaker Andrea Leon. This Bordeaux blend, originating from the prestigious Apalta region in Chile, is an exquisite representation of the winery’s dedication to producing wines of unparalleled quality and character.

    The 2020 vintage reveals a captivating dark, rich red hue with purple highlights, promising a sensory journey of depth and intensity. The expressive nose is a bouquet of red fruits, including black and red cherry, figs, and plums, elegantly intertwined with spicy and black pepper notes, embodying the unique terroir of clos Apalta, Chile. This aromatic complexity is a prelude to the wine’s intricate flavor profile.

    On the palate, Clos Apalta 2020 unfolds with a complexity and concentration that is truly remarkable. Broad tannins pave the way for an expansive taste experience, where intense structure melds seamlessly with a bounty of fruit and spices. The finish is exceptionally long and memorable, leaving a lasting impression of the wine’s distinguished character.

    Produced through meticulous winemaking processes, including 5-6 weeks of maceration with manual punch down and fermentation in 75hL French oak vats, followed by malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels. The wine is aged for 27 months in French oak barrels, 85% new and 15% second use, enhancing its complexity without fining or filtering, preserving its pure essence.

    Critical acclaims have lauded Clos Apalta 2020 for its balance and sophistication. Wine Spectator and Decanter have both awarded it 93 points, highlighting its lush, ripe profile, and integrated oak influence. James Suckling and Vinous have given it 95 points, noting its spiced black cherry, cassis, and finely-grained tannins, which contribute to its tight, structured, and long-lasting palate. Janeanson.com appreciates its clear spice and fragrant aromatic frame, awarding it 92 points for its energy and grip.

    Clos Apalta wine embodies the essence of its terroir, with a focus on sustainability and innovation. The winery’s commitment to quality is evident in every aspect of its production, from the careful selection of grape varieties to the advanced winemaking techniques employed. Clos Apalta 2020 is not just a wine; it is a celebration of the rich heritage and vibrant future of clos Apalta winery, a beacon of excellence in the world of fine wines.

    Each sip of Clos Apalta 2020 invites connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike to explore the depth and nuance of clos Apalta wine, making it a distinguished addition to any collection. Its accolades and critical acclaim only further attest to its standing as a wine of world-class stature, encapsulating the best of clos Apalta, Chile, in each bottle.

    26 reviews for Clos Apalta 2020

    1. James Greening

      The Clos Apalta Clos Apalta 2020 is an exceptional Chile wine. The notes of cedar, dark chocolate, and a whiff of coffee are mesmerizing. I was pleasantly surprised by the free shipping on 6 bottles. A highly critically acclaimed wine, indeed.

    2. Tim Moga

      The Bordeaux Blend Red from Clos Apalta is a treat. The undertones of minerals and blackcurrant are a delight.

    3. Benjamin Friedman

      A sip of this Clos Apalta took me to clos apalta chile. The blend of dark chocolate and coffee flavors is unmatched.

    4. Monty Ivey

      This Apalta wine is a concoction of bell pepper and clove, structured and fine-grained. I’m ordering my next 6 bottles now.

    5. Ward Daugherty

      Sipping on this Chile wine from Clos Apalta was a delight. The hint of black fruit and cedar gave it an earthy feel. Impressive!

    6. Richard Petrarca

      Free shipping on 6 bottles? Sign me up for more of this Apalta wine. The oak and vanilla undertones are simply tantalizing.

    7. Raymond Garrett

      The Clos Apalta is an experience. The combination of raspberry and cream flavors is wonderful. Highly critically acclaimed, indeed.

    8. Mildred Mccullum

      This bottle of clos apalta wine is a beautiful creation by winemaker Andrea Leon. I’m in love with the dark fruit and vanilla notes. The structured and fine-grained texture is incredible. Clos Apalta Chile, you’ve outdone yourself!

    9. Mattie Uselman

      The winemaker Andrea Leon has done a fantastic job with this Bordeaux Blend Red. The licorice and smoke flavors are top-notch.

    10. Karen Monson

      Clos Apalta, you’ve outdone yourself with this Bordeaux Blend Red. The aroma of leather and tobacco is irresistible.

    11. Vera Sisson

      I was transported to the Colchagua Valley with this Clos Apalta. The hint of peppery fig and eucalyptus was a pleasant surprise.

    12. Bertha Etsitty

      I love the clos apalta chile wine. You can taste the dark fruit and blueberry flavors. It’s a must-try!

    13. Jackie Ramundo

      I recently tried the Clos Apalta 2020, a wonderful Apalta wine from the Colchagua Valley. It has a rich blend of black fruit and tobacco flavors. The hint of pepper adds a nice kick. So delicious!

    14. Tammy Alejandro

      I enjoyed the structured and fine-grained texture of the Clos Apalta. The blend of chocolate and plum flavors was exquisite.

    15. Jessica Paterson

      Highly critically acclaimed and rightly so, this clos apalta wine is a treasure. The creamy mocha and raspberry notes are divine.

    16. Mary Brown

      The Clos Apalta 2020 is a true reflection of the clos apalta winery’s expertise. The flavors of cherry, blackcurrant, and a dash of licorice are intriguing. Plus, it’s made from the finest Carmenere. A real gem among Chile wines.

    17. Yvette Saxe

      Clos Apalta Clos Apalta 2020 is a treat from the clos apalta winery. It’s a blend of Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon from Apalta with an interesting mix of plum and leather flavors. Rated 95 points by James Suckling, it’s a must-try!

    18. Sarah Dowling

      This Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon from Apalta is a revelation. The cassis and cherry tones made my day. Rated 95 points by James Suckling, it’s a winner!

    19. Lynn Gale

      The Clos Apalta 2020 is a fantastic Chile wine. It’s a sophisticated Bordeaux Blend Red that’s highly critically acclaimed. Flavors of oak, blackberry, and a hint of chocolate are noticeable. The free shipping on 6 bottles is a great deal!

    20. Marie Thompson

      This Chile wine from the clos apalta winery is a masterpiece. The mix of graphite and cocoa flavors is amazing.

    21. Donna Miller

      This clos apalta wine is a winner. The blend of black fruit and cedar flavors is simply fantastic.

    22. Karen Field

      The Carmenere in this wine is simply delightful. The hint of cream and cinnamon gives it a rich feel. Kudos to winemaker Andrea Leon.

    23. Raymond Hunter

      Rated 95 points by James Suckling, the Clos Apalta is a must-try. The red fruit and mint flavors are a great combination.

    24. Harvey Polster

      The Clos Apalta wine from the clos apalta winery is a gem! The mix of blackberry and chocolate flavors is divine. I’m a big fan.

    25. Cheryl Brooks

      I’m in love with the structured and fine-grained texture of this Apalta wine. The hint of licorice and smoke is enchanting.

    26. Linda Cline

      This Chile wine is refreshing. The combination of black cherry and violet flavors is unique. Well done, clos apalta winery!

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    Faq

    Who owns Clos Apalta winery?

    Charles de Bournet Marnier Lapostolle

    What is the best vintage of Clos Apalta?

    Clos Apalta distinguished itself as the sole South American wine to earn the prestigious "Wine of the Year" title for its 2005 vintage, selected as the number one wine by Wine Spectator magazine. Additionally, its 2000 and 2001 vintages achieved remarkable recognition, ranking within the top three and two positions, respectively, in the same esteemed publication.

    What is special about Apalta wine?

    Apalta wine is celebrated for its unique terroir in Chile's Colchagua Valley, producing exceptionally concentrated grapes. This results in wines of remarkable depth, complexity, and elegance, particularly noted for rich Cabernet Sauvignon, expressive Carmenère, and robust Syrah, all benefiting from the region's ideal climatic conditions and skilled winemaking.

    Critical Acclaim

    WS 93
    Wine Spectator
    The second wine from Clos Apalta, the 2020 Le Petit Clos, was produced with the grapes from younger vines and in a different proportion than in the grand vins; it's a blend of 40% Carmenere, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot from their granite soils in the warm Apalta valley from a warm and ripe year. The wine has the lush and ripe signature, with 15% alcohol, decadent and showy, with a nose of violets and camphor, ripe berries, herbs and spices and integrated oak. It fermented with indigenous yeasts, with five to six weeks of maceration, manual punch-downs and malolactic in French oak barrels. The élevage was 26 months in 53% new oak and 47% second use oak. It has the velvety tannins from a warm vintage—fine-grained and abundant—with a long finish with a bitter twist. 77,580 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2022. -
    DEC 93
    Decanter
    Bright, brooding and intense on the nose; dark, heady and ripe black fruits with spiced edges and a subtle florality. Smooth and succulent but punchy on the palate, tannins are silky and well integrated and do well to underpin the fruitiness and liveliness of the expression. As usual Carmenere is the star with 40% of the blend alongside 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. Youthful and exuberant, the team kept leaves on the vines and natural cover crops to cope with the sunlight, heat and lack of water in 2020, and despite the 15% alcohol this has 3.59pH with acidity that lifts the palate and avoids any heaviness. Rich but sleek, this is full of red cherries, cedar spice, soft herbal touches and finishes with a menthol freshness that is lovely. Will improve with age but great for mid-term drinking to enjoy the fresh vibrancy. Ageing 26 months in 225l French oak barrels, 53% new, 42% two years old. From this vintage, the bottles are now made in Chile and are 10% lighter in a bid to increase sustainability. WInemaker Andrea Leon.
    JS 95
    James Suckling
    A beautiful delivery of Petit Clos with spiced black cherries, cassis, olives and some red capsicums to the nose. Chalky tannins are densely packed on the medium- to full-bodied palate. Tight, structured and fine-grained. Very long. Drink or hold.
    VIN 95
    Vinous
    The 2020 Blend Le Petit Clos is a mix of mostly Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon from Apalta, Colchagua. Dark garnet red in hue. The complex nose offers plum jam, hints of sweet spice, herbs and pepper against a backdrop of cigar box, graphite and a whiff of violets. A ripe, broad, full-bodied red with precise acidity and a juicy, grippy flow, the finish is intense and complex. The 2020 vintage is notably lean compared to other vintages. (Drink between 2025-2040)

    What does Clos Apalta 2020 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Smooth
    Tannic
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    apple, green apple, apricot

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, orange, tangerine

    cheese, cream, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, grass, asparagus

    raisin, fig, prune

    tropical, kiwi

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, lavender, potpourri

    Food Pairing with Clos Apalta 2020

    Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Clos Apalta 2020 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

    Other Vintages:

    2019
    • WS 95
    • WA 95
    • JD 96
    • JS 99

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