1st Chance...the Reigning WS Wine of the Year Releases a New Vintage & Brand New Wine!
The 2009 Wine Spectator Wine of the Year was the Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2005. As I am sure you can image, that wine has long been sold out. However, on January 28th, Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle the owner of Casa Lapostolle was in New York and shared with the Wine Spectator and later that evening with us a sneak peak at the 2006 Vintage of Clos Apalta and the latest wine to be released from her amazing winery.
Our consensus, the 2006 Clos Apalta is true to form and is clearly the crown jewel of the wines that she produces. The blend of the obscure Carmenere mixed with Merlot, Cabernet and Petit Verdot once again delivers that great Bordeaux like feel but is distinctively Clos Apalta due to the Carmenere. And because of this, the unique character of the Carmenere and the demand that the winery has been receiving, Marnier-Lapostolle decided to produce a more affordable single varietal bottling of Carmenere. Coming from the same vineyard, Clos Apalta, the 2007 Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere is terrific example of the heights and depth that this basically once instinct varietal can achieve.
During our dinner, the Clos Apalta was clearly the top wine of the flight but the talk of the group was on the Carmenere and how much quality you get for the money. Check out excerpts from James Molesworth’s blog from his tasting earlier the same day…it looks like Clos Apalta and the Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere are due to some top scores in May.
*Prices good until 11:59pm EST 3/31/09 or while supplies last. Sale items are drastically reduced net price off the regular bottle price. No additional discounts can be applied. This price cannot be applied to previous purchases.