A stunner. This coats the palate with cassis, blackberry and boysenberry fruit, but stays focused and pure, with vanilla, spice and toast notes chiming in on the palate for added effect. The finish then resonates with purity. A thoroughly seductive wine that glides effortlessly, despite its obvious power and depth. CarmenŠre, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Author: James Molesworth
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18
CS. Very gamey, soft nose with some black pepper. Sweet start and then lots of acidity. Really lively, hedonistic wine with a glamorous, satiny texture. Big with strong notes of blackberries. Total production was 3,000 cases of a dozen bottles which will probably be released about September 2002.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
The Clos Apalta luxury cuvee, primarily based on an old vine, non-irrigated Carmenere parcel, remains one of Chile's standard-bearers. Herbal, minty aromas of candied black fruits are found in the aromatic profile of the 2000 Clos Apalta. A feminine, detailed wine, it exhibits a medium to full-bodied character filled with pure red as well as black cherry fruit. Fresh, lively, and lush, this outstanding effort displays a slightly firm finish that will require some cellaring.
Bottle decanted 2 hr's Bright, strong and spicy nose with just a hint of tar. Very tannic, almost undrinkable at this point. After sitting overnight: Significant but smooth and pliant tannins. Dark fruit, wild cherries, good acidity with an exceeding long finish. Very pleasurable and considerably improved from the day before.