Lapostolle Canto de Apalta Red Blend 2010

Beautiful 91-point South American red. One of our top picks!

WE: "It feels rich and muscular but not heavy, with berry, licorice, buttery oak and vanilla flavors."
Ratings:
  • 91 points, Wine Enthusiast
  • 90 points, Wine Spectator
  • 90 points, Tasting Panel
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WineShopper Notes

Lapostolle is organic, biodynamic, as environmentally-sound as a winery can be. And so, the birds returned to the vineyards and inspired the beautiful Canto red, a harmonious blend of Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah. Consider this the little brother of the collectible Lapostolle Clos Apalta, which scores in the mid-90s every year and was Wine Spectator's top wine of 2008. The super-value Canto is one of our top recommendations in the under-$20 category; get it while it lasts!

--Kristin Balabanian, Senior Buyer

Critical Acclaim

91 Points
Wine Enthusiast
"This is a new wine from Lapostolle, bearing a nose that's intense and compact, with mineral and dark fruit aromas. It feels rich and muscular but not heavy, with berry, licorice, buttery oak and vanilla flavors. The finish is minty and chocolaty tasting. Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah make up the blend."

90 Points
Wine Spectator
"A rich, smoky red, sporting dark cassis, grilled fig and macerated cherry notes to the iron, smoke and dark spice flavors that linger through the mocha-tinged finish. Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah."

90 Points
Tasting Panel
"Juicy black plum backed with tangy acidity; dense and ripe with balance and style (you see, Carmenere doesn't have to taste like toasted green herbs!); 36% Carmenere, 31% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah."


Winemaker's Notes

The fortuitous discovery of a nest in a wild bush on the slopes of Apalta Vineyard inspired the unique shape of Clos Apalta Winery, designed vertically, with a naturally cool location underground. This red blend, Canto de Apalta, born from the harmonious relationship between Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah also represents the melodious song of the unique community of birds that live in the vineyards.

Canto de Apalta originates from Chile's central semi-arid Rapel Valley. Here, the Pacific's Humboldt Current keeps the days warm and dry, and the nights pleasantly cool, allowing the grapes to slowly ripen. Slow maturation guarantees that our wine is able to have an expressive nose and a pleasant structure. The grapes are hand-harvested and transported to the winery in temperature-controlled containers. Strict quality control continues at the winery through a state of the art optical berry selector, Vistalys, which chooses only the freshest, cleanest and purest grapes for our wine. No clarification and very light filtration create natural wines that are true expressions of their origin. Enjoy now as a perfect pairing for meats and elaborate dishes, or cellar for a few years.

Alcohol by volume: 14.1%


About Lapostolle

Lapostolle was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, is famous for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in winemaking for generations. In creating Lapostolle, the family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that make Grand Marnier a global success. Its objected is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and superb terroirs of Chile. Today, Lapostolle owns 370 hectares in three different vineyards and produces a total of 200,000 cases spread over Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere and Syrah. Lapostolle is distributed in more than 60 countries around the world.