Mission Codename Close to Clos
Going through all that wine to pick only those worthy of our Operatives, eyes popped out and ears perked up when an “Apalta” came up for under $20. It is after all the definitive Chilean address for the best of the very best such as Chile’s #1 wine Clos Apalta. This similarly proportioned brethren of the said cult wine just a stone’s throw away, while certainly is not in the same $100+ per bottle league, in complexity and deliciousness it’s not too far either.
Deep crimson, with an alluring ruby lip with the slightest garnet coming through. An inviting bouquet of black currant, blueberry pencil lead, scorched earth, and spice is the first impression. Tannins, oak, and acidity are nicely integrated as the palate unfolds with succulent blue and black fruits. Medium-bodied with ample structure and striking balance on the embracing close, this well-crafted wine is the ideal accompaniment for a festive prime rib roast dinner with butternut squash, creamed spinach, and a horseradish sauce.
With double the 90-point scores to endorse its desirability, a super affordable Cabernet blend such as this is hard to come by. Chile is the pristine land of stunning values, and with 40% savings on top, there wasn’t much to think about when we secured you all we could of this. Destined to sell out, get in on this one quickly as you can.
90 Points – Wine Enthusiast - “Foresty berry aromas and a hint of olive stick out on the nose of this rugged Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Petit Verdot blend. Spicy blackberry, mint and herbal flavors play out on the crisp finish, with herb and lemon notes.”
90 Points – James Suckling - “Beautiful blackberry and blackcurrant aromas. A red with hints of dark chocolate and some hazelnut. Round tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows focus and finesse. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Petit Verdot. Drink now.”
What the Winery Says
2015 Apalta Vineyard Colchagua Valley Cabernet Blend
- Felipe Toso
- 65% Cabernet, 20% Carmenere, 15% Petit Verdot
- Colchagua Valley, Chile
- Apalta Vineyard
- Mountain igneous and calcareous
- Total acidity
- 5.3 g/L
- Residual sugar
- 2.1 g/L
- 18 months
- 30% new French and American oak