Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2014

Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2014

 

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Lapostolle
Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2014
  • Vintage : 2014
  • Country : Chile
  • Region : Colchagua Valley
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Fruity Medium Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 15°
  • Grappes : 95% Merlot, 5% Sémillon

This iconic Merlot has an expressive nose, with fresh black fruit aromas, spices, red pepper and bitter chocolate. The palate is smooth and well balanced, with a generous structure and a long finish.

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 94 2014
WS Wine Spectator 88 2014
WE Wine Enthusiast 92 2012
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About the Vineyard

Apalta is located 170 Kilometers South West of Santiago in the Colchagua Valley.  The Vineyard is situated on a North to South exposure, which is quite rare in Chile. This geography is responsible for the conditions that ensure  balance for our vines and a slow ripening for the grapes.  Apalta has special meso-climate that is different from the rest of Colchagua Valley. Its climate could be described as semiarid Mediterranean; with a winter only rainy season and a long dry summer season.

Wine Production

Express the terroir of Apalta is our mission; so, our winemaking philosophy remains a very natural process with minimal intervention.  Our key points are 100% hand harvest in small cases of 14 kilos, strict fruit selection by 94% optical state of the art grape selection by Vistalys and 6% hand de-stemming of the grapes. Fermentation was done with native yeast and there were gentle extraction methods during maceration and a judicious use of oak to preserve the fruit but integrate the complexity that a wine of this quality deserves.

Tasting Notes

Color: Ruby red with cherry edge.
Nose: Red fruit aromas such as cherries and strawberry with fresh herbs aromas and a touch of vanilla.
Palate: Silky and elegant attack, medium bodied with plums and cherry flavors.

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2014)
This is a serious Merlot with bark, blackberry and dark chocolate. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. From biodynamically grown grapes

Wine Spectator (WS) : 88 Points (2014)
Dense and rich, with concentrated dark plum, dried berry and savory herbal flavors that are backed by firm tannins and acidity. Dark chocolate details show on the finish.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 92 Points (2012)
Plum, blackberry and boysenberry aromas show nuances of citrus peel and rubber band. On the palate, this is tight, mildly tannic and slightly astringent due to firm tannins. A mix of ripe blackberry and cassis flavors come with chocolaty oak in front of a hard-pushing, lightly herbal finish. Drink through 2018.

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