90 Point Wine Spectator: A rich, smoky red, sporting dark cassis, grilled ?g and macerated cherry notes to the iron, smoke and dark spice ?avors that linger through the mocha-tinged ?nish. Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2015.
Color: Brilliant red purple inked color.Nose: Attractive nose with spices, ripe red and black fruit with light tobacco and chocolate hints.Palate: Juicy and round palate, with a velvety texture, red fruit and spicy flavors aftertaste.
Wine Maker Notes
Our winemaking philosophy remains very natural and we adhere to minimal intervention through the processes. Canto de Apalta is a red blend that enhances the main characteristics of each grape into a symphony of the components; from Carmenere, its roundness and spicy expression; from Merlot, its red fruit and acidity; from Cabernet Sauvignon, its complexity and elegant structure; and from Syrah, its exuberant and attractive aromas. There is no clarification and a very light filtration, in our quest of creating natural wines and not disturb the natural balance.
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. Our red blend, Canto de Apalta, born from the harmonious relationship between Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah also represents the melodious song of the unique community of birds that live in our 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.