Clos Apalta, Apalta (Colchagua Valley, Chile) 2019

($146, Winebow):  Clos Apalta has become one of Chile’s most acclaimed red wines, and deservedly so.  The 2019 certainly merits that accolade.  Despite a 15 percent stated alcohol, the 2019 Clos Apalta is balanced and suave.  Intense and rich, yes, but not flamboyant or over-the-top.  Instead, it is a seamless marriage of lush dark black cherry-like fruitiness intermingled with dark minerals.  Refined tannins lend support without intruding.  Savory, herbal nuances, add intrigue and complexity.   As with all great wines, a delectable hint of bitterness accents its long finish, reminding us that wine is more than just ripe fruit.  Uplifting acidity makes this energetic wine a delight to drink now, but its balance suggests a graceful evolution.
95 Michael Apstein Jul 11, 2023