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James Suckling Score: 92
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We're 'on the road' to Chile this month for our Wine of the Month 2-- and the end goal is so worth the trip! You may recognize the name Lapostolle (formerly known as Casa Lapostolle) as we have enjoyed and featured these Chilean wines for many years. We are especially thrilled that the fruit is sourced from the Apalta vineyard-- we have enjoyed many a wine from Clos Apalta so were not surprised to discover how rich and ripe the fruit is nor how much depth of flavor and overall balance this wine possesses.

The 2018 Apalta red blend is a great little wine to enjoy this month, as we slowly move away from the hot weather of summer to cooling climes of fall. This is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 10% Carmenère and would be an excellent choice for any late summer or early fall barbecues, tail gate parties or informal gatherings. It's a good one! This normally would go for $19.99 but we got a great deal and are passing the savings on to you!

The nose is filled with dark red and blue fruits with plum and redcurrant in the foreground as secondary hints of forest floor, dark spices, balsa wood and a light herbal element lend depth to the olfactory profile. But it's the fruit that steals the show, and in a good way! With excellent structure, forward acidity and smooth tannins, the fruit continues its starring role on the palate as more red plum and redcurrant are joined by notes of cherry cola, blackberry and background musings of incense, garrique and citrus zest. The structure keeps the wine perfectly balanced, giving the ripe fruit boundaries within which they can shine. Really an easy-drinking wine, the finish reiterates all the fruits tasted as they flow effortlessly across the palate. So enjoyable!

Apalta is not an enclosed valley. It is lodged between the Tinguiririca River, a tributary of the Rapel River, and cordons of the Coastal Cordillera that ends in a "horse shoe" shape. Both form on the east and west a barrier that delays the arrival of the sun in the morning and attenuates the exposure to the sunlight in the evening. That position permits a good regulation of the sunshine, escaping the excess heat that is well known in hot climates. Thanks to the hills that surround the vineyard, the old vines located in the lowest part of the field receive underground water that provides sufficient natural water supply during almost the whole growing season.

Apalta vineyard was planted with Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Syrah from 1920 to 2006. Some of the oldest blocks planted in 1920, have vines that were brought from France at the end of the 19th century.

JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS - "This is a fresh, attractive red with currant, spice and walnut character. Medium body. Savory and spicy finish. Cabernet sauvignon, carmenere and syrah. Third wine of Clos Apalta. Drink now."
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