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Wines from Colchagua Valley

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Lapostolle 2008 Clos Apalta Red (Colchagua Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $90
Clos Apalta, depending on your point of view, is arguably Chile’s best wine. And this vintage is outstanding! Earth, minty spice, ripe berry, minerality and smoky aromas cover the bases. It’s superbly structured, with a fine texture and depth. Tastes lush and complex, with blackberry, crème de cassis, fine herbs and tobacco. Finishes classy. Drink now through 2016.  — M.S.  (2/1/2012)
94
points

Lapostolle 2005 Clos Apalta Red (Colchagua Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $75
Clos Apalta continues to push the envelope for Chilean icon wines. It’s always been a blend of four or five Bordeaux grapes, and the 2005 is every bit as structured, tight and ripe as any predecessor. There is an intense blanket of new oak that tastes of mint, cinnamon, sawdust and black licorice. When that subsides (maybe in another 12 months), expect racy and…  — M.S.  (7/1/2008)
94
points

Emiliana 2006 Gê Red (Colchagua Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $92
Dark, dense, spicy and full of everything nice, including cola, berry, earth and richness. The palate has ideal ripeness and power, and the flavors are a clever mix of light herbs, spice, chocolate and blasting berry. Long and sultry on the finish, with tobacco and immense complexity. One of Chile’s very best wines; a blend of Syrah, Carmenère, Cabernet and Merlot.  — M.S.  (9/1/2010)
94
points

Lapostolle 2003 Clos Apalta Red (Colchagua Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $65
Dense as a brick, with deep blackberry, prune, earth and chocolate aromas. Huge and multilayered, but already exhibiting perfect structure and integrated oak and spice flavors. Pure and exact; along with the 2001 this is Clos Apalta at its finest. Imported by Moët Hennessy USA.  — M.S.  (5/1/2006)
93
points

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) 2010 Le Dix de Los Vascos Red (Colchagua Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $65
For price and quality, Le Dix 2010 takes things to a high level. The nose on this Cabernet-led blend is full of violet, lilac, cassis and mild oak. The palate is multilayered and has a complex feel to it, while flavors of baked berry, cassis, coffee and marzipan finish with size and length. This is one of the most balanced and complete versions of Le Dix to date…  — M.S.  (7/1/2013)
93
points

Viu Manent 2005 Viu 1 Malbec (Colchagua Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $65
What a lush and spectacular New World Malbec. Buttery aromas of coconut and black fruits mix with herbs, mineral and char to create a near-perfect bouquet. The palate is saturated and balanced by great natural acidity, which frames the blackberry and herb flavors in excellent light. Meaty, textured, fruity and balanced: What more could you want? Drink now–2010…  — M.S.  (7/1/2008)
93
points

François Lurton 2010 Hacienda Araucano Alka Estate Bottled Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50
Deep, lush aromas of cassis, blackberry and baked plum come with herbal hints and balsamic notes. This feels full, slightly rich, creamy and focused, with toasty flavors of dark fruits, chocolate and herbs. It’s a delicious wine with clarity and a satisfying finish. Drink now through 2015.  — M.S.  (7/1/2013)
93
points

Emiliana 2008 Gê Red (Colchagua Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $92
This Colchagua Valley blend smells of lead pencil, coconut, black cherry, spice and vanilla. The mouthfeel is firm, solid and complete, with dark berry, fine herbs and spice flavors. On one hand it’s fresh and alert; on the other hand its dense and brooding, with coffee and dark spice accents. Drink now–2017; only 355 cases produced.  — M.S.  (3/1/2013)
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