• http://www.wineandsommelier.com Guglielmo Rocchiccioli

    As regards Chilean wines, I would recommend you Clos Apalta from Casa Lapostolle.

    CLOS APALTA – LIMITED EDITION – ESTATE BOTTLED – VIÑEDO APALTA COLCHAGUA – EMBOTELLADO EN ORIGEN – PRODUCIDO Y EMBOTELLADO IN CHILE POR CASA LAPOSTOLLE S.A. EN SANTA CRUZ – COLCHAGUA – CHILE 2007 15 %

    Clos Apalta proviene de nuestros viñedos no irrigados de más de 60 años de edad, de la zona de Apalta, apelación Valle de Colchagua. Es una mezcla única de cepas Carmenère, Merlot y Cabernet Sauvignon.

    La familia Marnier Lapostolle, está orgullosa de ofrecer esta producción especial limitada, desarrollada bajo la supervisión del famoso enólogo francés Michel Rolland y producida sólo en cosechas exceptionales. Clos Apalta es la expresión pura de la tierra de donde nació. Sin clarificado ni filtrado para preservar la autenticidad del terroir, es un vino de categoría mundial y de calidad que no se transa.

    VISUAL ANALYSIS: limpid, ruby red, quite flowing; it is a sensational wine just analysing the colour.

    OLFACTORY ANALYSIS: at the nose, this wine dominates even the rougher spirits; the olfactory bouquet is composed of cherry, strawberry, blackberry marmalade, vegetal note, wood, white pepper, liquorice, green peppers, fruits in syrup, balmy, caoutchouc notes, coffee, chocolate and red rose. The cabernet sauvignon is easily recognised by the scent of green peppers, the carmenere is identifiable by the vegetal note and as regards the merlot, it is not so simple to find.

    GUSTATIVE ANALYSIS: a thoroughbred horse who is actually transforming in a pure stallion; warm and snug, smooth and tasty in the same time, it is also structured and endowed with a splendid body. The gustative persistence is about 6/7 seconds. The final is balmy and mentholated flavoured. A wine for a competition, it will surprise always and everybody: a noble nose, an aristocratic mouth, a great persistence and a fantastic final.

    WINE-FOOD COMBINATION: furred game (wild boar with red sauce)

    MY PERSONAL OPINION: I love drink this wine by myself because in the moment that it enters into the mouth, it makes me smile pleasantly; at the olfactory analysis, at a later time, it comes out the fragrance of cigar and cedarwood in order to take this Chilean wine as a French wine, but at the visual exam it cannot be French because the colour is too strong and the fluid is too stick. It is a good wine: more important than Don Melchor, not so elegant like Alma Viva, but very complaisant at the taste buds.