Tuesday, August 24, 2010
2007 Casa Lapostolle Apalta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
On the nose this wine immediately sings true to Chile and the the great terroir of Colchagua. It has loads of scorched earth, black pepper, black currant, crushed rocks, anise, and gamey aromas. As the wine opens up the minerality, oak, and hints of black cherry begin to really come forth. There is also some very significant peppery aromas that definitely gives this wine a true Chilean aroma profile.
On the palate the wine continues to shows it's overriding rusticity and earthiness, with flavors of graphite, crushed rocks, soil, pepper, oak, plum, and tobacco. Fruit wise this is exactly what black currant would taste like with a bunch of graphite and crushed stones mixed in.
The wine finishes with a gritty and rustic bite and some sandy-like tannins. I would recommend grilled flank steak with this wine or perhaps seasoned lamb chops. It's an interesting wine but really lacks the harmony and grace that I was expecting for a wine in this price range. 84 points
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