2009 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta

Red Blend

  • Chile
  • Rapel Valley
  • Colchagua Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • Bam_Man Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 16, 2016 - Brought with us to Seared 1200 Chophouse in St. Pete Beach ($10 corkage). We gave this almost an hour of air time and that seemed to be enough. Shows a pretty - though subtle nose of crushed dark berries, earth and a hint of cassis. An attractive dark crimson in color, right up to the edge. Full-bodied and rich, but not over done. So incredibly velvety in texture. Bursting with delicious, mouth-watering plum, boysenberry and dark currant fruit, backed by a moderate acidity. Displays excellent depth and intensity, without an excessive amount of weight. Finishes extremely long, with loads of ripe, sweet fruit, and hints of oak, violets and spice. The tannins are fully-integrated and silky smooth. Big, rich and delicious - yet so balanced and refined. Mostly Carmenere, but drinks very much like a fine Bordeaux. A gorgeous wine that paired beautifully with our Porterhouse for two. 94+

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  • Tim Heaton commented:

    1/16/16, 8:04 PM - Great note

  • Bam_Man commented:

    1/17/16, 7:01 AM - Thanks. This was my first ever Clos Apalta and we were both surprised at how outstanding this was. Cheers!

  • Crunge commented:

    1/17/16, 7:48 AM - Bam_man, can you explain the scoring system you use? I've seen it a few times but don't know what each number means. Thanks.

    And yes, great note.

  • Bam_Man commented:

    1/17/16, 7:58 AM - Sure. I believe this is the grading system originally developed by Robert Parker (but I could be mistaken). All wines start out with a minimum score of 50. Add a maximum of 5 for Color, a maximum of 15 for Bouquet, a maximum of 20 for Taste/Palate and a maximum of 5 for Overall Quality/Aging potential. Cheers!

  • Crunge commented:

    1/17/16, 1:10 PM - Thanks! I'd figured out the 50 but wasn't sure on the others.

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