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Casa Lapostolle, Clos Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2010

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Casa Lapostolle, Clos Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2010

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Casa Lapostolle, Clos Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2010 is a blockbuster, just like the vintages of this wine before it. Clos Apalta has it’s own vineyard, and winery dedicated to its production. The grapes from the Clos Apalta vineyard are hand harvested and hand de-stemmed when they reach the Clos Apalta Winery. The 2010 Clos Apalta is a blend of 71% Carmenere, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot. The color is dark ruby red, bordering on purple. The complex nose is full of dark fruit, especially blackberry and currants, minerals, especially graphite and hints of vanilla and cacao in the background. The big full palate reflects the nose with the fruit upfront and the minerals strong on the mid palate. The firm tannins are smooth and lead to a long finish. I tasted this wine after decanting for a couple of hours. That time gave the wine sufficient time to breath; I would recommend decanting prior to drinking.
Of course a wine like this screams red meat. I would go a little gamey with some grilled lamb chops.

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