2013 Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon Cuvee Alexandre Apalta Vineyard

Year: 2013
Appellation: Colchagua Valley
Country: Chile
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 88
James Suckling: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"Offers mouthfilling richness, with sinewy and concentrated flavors of dried cherry, mint and raspberry, featuring green olive notes. Minerally finish. Drink now through 2018. 6,200 cases made.–KM " (WS)

"Somehow I found similar herbal aromas to the Carménère in the 2013 Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon; I guess it might have been the 2013 cold growing season. There is a roasted coffee and charred wood character in the nose intermixed with aromas of blackberries, cassis and mint. The palate is medium-bodied with abundant, fine-grained tannins and a slight bitterness in the finish. 252,240 bottles produced.

The Lapostolle Collection started as a project to show the terroir and the effect of the different places and climates on Syrah, from north to south, in a variety that is highly influenced by place. They then experimented with Carménère from east to west and later saw the opportunity for Mediterranean varieties in Apalta, Mourvèdre (Monastrell), and also in Maule with Carignan (Cariñena as part of Vigno) and Grenache (Garnacha). The wines are sold in six-packs, the six Syrah together and the rest in another case, so people can understand the differences from region to region.

All of the wines from The Collection follow a similar process, they are all very artisanal and produced at a very small scale. They are all hand-destemmed and fermented in plastic bins after a short cold soak with indigenous yeasts with hand punching down, not a lot of extraction and then put into used French oak barrels and bottled around one year after the vintage. All very simple, with the aim to show the naked wines, bottled unfiltered and unfined. They really show their origin, grape and vintage. These wines are produced by winemaker Andrea León. Unfortunately volumes are slightly limited and I hope that in the future they can produce a little more -- at least from the Vigno and some others." (WA)

"Deep and dense yet agile and fine. Full body, blueberry and black currant character, and a seamless silky finish. Gorgeous pure cabernet sauvignon. Biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Dark spice, rubber, tree bark and herbal black-fruit aromas are congruent. This big tough tannic Cabernet is layered but hard as nails. Flavors of black fruits, chocolate, fig and dark spices finish with toughness and charred oak. Drink through 2024." (WE)