($70) Inky violet. Vivacious raspberry and candied cherry aromas are strongly underscored by coconut and vanilla, which gain strength with air. Broad, fleshy and sweet, offering an array of red and dark berry preserve flavors, soft tannins and sneaky minerality. Finishes long and with improbable energy for such a rich, concentrated and even liqueur-like wine. Not for those who demand finesse but fans of big-time Napa cabernet should give this a shot.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: March/April 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96
Gorgeous aromas of warm ganache and mocha lead to a rich, velvety palate loaded with currant, fig paste, black licorice, cassis bush and bramble notes. The long, juicy finish has great grip and density, with echoes of graphite, dark fruit and mineral. Should greatly reward cellaring. Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
The 2005 Clos Apalta Limited Release is composed of 42% Carmenere, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. Opaque purple-colored, the nose reveals notes of pain grille, mineral, spice box, and plummy black and blue fruits. This leads to a layered, nearly opulent wine with gobs of savory, spicy black fruits, excellent balance, and superb integration of oak, tannin, and acidity.
Simply awesome! It will do well for years to come, but drinking it now is not regretable. Big, layered and lasting.
Self | Rating: 92
Thanksgiving dinner. 1 hour Decant - then back in bottle - drunk over 3 hours. Not as good as first bottle. Consumed concurrent with Kosta 2010 RR; problem ? Not sure. Still good through 2017 but not beyond. Not too different after 24 hours.
Author: Jim Rife
Self | Rating: 94
This is a really wonderful wine. Had I known it was WS wine of the year, I probably would not have opened it (good thing I have more). The wine is definitely too young right now. It is massive, with gobs of black fruit, a slight brambly characteristic and wonderful hints of toasty vanilla. Will be interesting to see how it evolves over the next 5 years.
Self | Rating: 92
Truly a lovely wine but not as expressive as the 2004, which was a bit more aromatic. The nose evolved with time in the decanter. When finishing the bottle, there were notes of smoky tobacco, menthol, and tea leaves. Bright fruit and spice dominated the palate. The wine presented a powerful finish with nicely integrated tannins. All in all, the 2005 is an enjoyable vintage.
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Self | Rating: 92
Very primary at this stage, but showing great potential for future greatness. Decanted for 1.5 hours. Dark purple (almost black) robe, solid to the rim. Still very tight, with practically no bouquet at all. Smooth, silky, rich mid-palate with plenty of viscosity. Deep, succulent blackberry and cassis notes. If Vina Almaviva could be considered a Left-Bank Bordeaux blend, this wine is its Right-Bank counterpart. I will hold my remaining three bottles for at least three years.
Drink Dates: 2011-2025
Self | Rating: 96
WINE MAKERS NOTES: COLOR: Intense inked dark red with purple hints NOSE: Exuberant and complex, with red and black fruit such as plums, black cherries combined with currant, berries, dry figs with black cocoa and a violet touch. Sweet spices like clover and vanilla give an elegant touch towards the finish. MOUTH: Well balanced, an elegant wine which has a bright attack followed by round, velvety and polished tannins filling the mid palate and a rich long lasting finish. SERVICE AND PAIRING: Decant for 3 hours and enjoy at room temperature. Ideal companion for game, lamb, and entrecote fillet. Also good with rich cocoa chocolate desserts.