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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)
95
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Lapostolle 2011 Clos Apalta Red (Colchagua Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $110

Cool aromas of cola, coffee, blackberry, stewed plum, herbs and minerals make for a highly attractive and complex bouquet. In the mouth, wall-to-wall power and tannins suggest that this needs a few more years to mellow out. Flavors of stewed plum, blackberry, Carolina barbecue sauce and a hint of citrus peel are complex and set up a deep finish with dark flavors…

 — M.S.  (3/1/2015)
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

François Lurton 2011 Alka Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50

This superb Carmenère is lusty but intricate on the bouquet, with aromas of baked plum, blackberry, balsam wood, leather and horse hide. The palate shows a complex blend of high-voltage power and density; flavors of roasted blackberry, chocolate, pepper and root beer finish deep and oaky. Drink through 2020.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2015)
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

Viu Manent 2011 Viu 1 Malbec (Colchagua Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $70

Smoky, roasted aromas of blackberry, cassis and graphite introduce a thick, layered, meaty palate that’s well balanced despite being overtly ripe and generous. Flavors of toasty, blackened spice, lush blackberry and cassis finish rich, smoky and warming. Drink this benchmark Chilean Malbec through 2020.

 — M.S.  (6/1/2015)
93
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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)
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