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Casa Lapostolle Le Petit Clos Apalta Red 2016 (750ML)
93+ Points, Luis GutiÃ©rrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The "second wine" here, the 2016 Le Petit Clos is a very different blend from the 2015; it is now mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with just 4% Merlot and 1% CarmÃ©nÃ¨re, while last year it was almost half CarmÃ©nÃ¨re. The vineyards are now certified in organic and biodynamic agriculture. The bunches were hand-destemmed, and the grapes fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and a six-week maceration. Malolactic was in barrique, and the Ã©levage happened as follows: the wine spent seven months in new French barriques, and then 71% of the volume was transferred to French oak barriques (22% new and 49% second year), while the rest of the wine was put in oak vats. The Ã©levage was 23 months in total. With the varietal change, this felt very different from the Clos Apalta-more Cabernet here and more CarmÃ©nÃ¨re there. The nose is elegant and nuanced, with herbs, spices and a core of ripe red and black fruit, quite varietal and with integrated oak. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with round tannins and vibrant acidity, making it long and supple. I think it's a step up over the 2015. 43,826 bottles were produced. It was bottled in September 2018. The wine is 14.7% alcohol and has a pH of 3.49." 8/19
96 Points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com: "A juicy and delicious second wine from Clos Apalta. Beautiful, ripe and delicious with dark berries and mushrooms. Full-bodied and very balanced with complex walnut, spice and berry character. Dark chocolate and hazelnuts at the finish. Drinkable now, but better in 2022." 4/19