The latest vintage of this classic Chilean red has been born in a complicated year in Colchagua. Heavy rains in late March, when grapes were ripening, required a careful selection of fruit. That reduced the total production to 3,150 cases, from 4,600 in 2001. This sacrifice, however, paid off. Less monumental than the previous vintage, this is equally fleshy and generous, more elegant and balanced in its youth. It has Clos Apalta's trademark: those voluptuous, Sophia Loren-style tannins, its flavors of chocolate and blackberries covering every corner of your palate. An expansive wine, wonderfully excessive as usual, it will gain complexity with time in the bottle.
Beautiful color, with vivid boysenberry and blackberry fruit flavors that easily handle the layers of vanilla-tinged toast. Roasted herb, brier and black currant notes run through the finish, which shows the firm edge of the vintage, but a superb effort nonetheless. Carmenère, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Clos Apalta luxury cuvee, primarily based on an old vine, non-irrigated Carmenere parcel, remains one of Chile’s standard-bearers. Displaying aromas of sweet, spicy cassis, the 2002 Clos Apalta is a concentrated, medium to full-bodied wine with intense black cherry, black currant liqueur, spice, and pepper flavors. This serious, focused, well-structured effort is jam-packed with fruit, and reveals a lengthy, tannin-studded finish. (PR)
**Editors' Choice** Saturated and rich, with meaty, forceful aromas of black fruit, molasses and toasted marshmallow. A blend of Carmenère, Cabernet and Merlot that’s full of cassis, black cherry and a light herbaceousness. Lush but structured; a real big boy.
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