| Wine Advocate 91 points (Dec 2012)
The flagship 2009 Clos Apalta is a blend of 78% Carmenere, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot that is raised in new French oak over 24 months. It has a reticent nose at first that demands some coaxing, eventually offering black cherries, red currant and vanilla aromas that remain tight in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine balance, grainy ripe tannins, a core of blackberry and blueberry fruit laced with dark chocolate and a touch of tobacco. The symmetry and focus in this wine is admirable. It should age better than the 2001. Drink 2013-2022.
Wine Spectator 96 points (Oct 17 2012)
A gorgeous wine that deftly balances polished cassis, dark cherry reduction and blueberry notes on a compact frame. This is structured, with silky tannins lining the long finish that lingers on with hints of apple wood, spice box and underbrush. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2020. From Chile.—N.W.